Thieves cause R100 000 damage to Cape of Good Hope SPCA

2017-08-22 22:08
SPCA (File, Kaveel Singh, News24)

SPCA (File, Kaveel Singh, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town – Criminals caused damage worth R100 000 to vehicles at the Cape of Good Hope SPCA in Grassy Park, affecting services to about 200 animals, a spokesperson said on Tuesday.

On Monday morning, staff found the security gate had been taken off its railing and batteries were stolen from three of their five Nissan NP300 bakkies, SPCA spokesperson Belinda Abrahams said. Computers were stolen from the horse care unit.

"I actually find it somewhat infuriating that the SPCA, which is a non-profit organisation, being attacked by this criminal element who fails to see the work the SPCA does to protect animals and protect humans – the two are interconnected."

Two of the vehicles’ batteries and a spare tyre were left behind. The bakkies were however badly damaged.

The five bakkies are used as mobile clinics, for charity drives and educational purposes.

"The charity vehicle is used to collect goods which we use to feed the animals in our shelter or to collect donations for the shelter’s operations," Abrahams said.

"The mobile clinic units see about 500 animals in a week, which means roughly 200 animals will suffer due to the damage caused by these criminals."

They were in talks with their insurer to ensure the facility could return to full capacity by Thursday.

Western Cape police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana said a case of malicious damage to property, theft, and attempted theft out of a vehicle was opened at the Grassy Park police station on Monday.

She said no arrests had been made. This is the second SPCA which was broken into the past week.

On Sunday, four men claiming to be seeking help for an injured animal stole cellphones, cash, laptops and an oven from the Ivory Park SPCA in Midrand, Gauteng.

An employee was held at gunpoint and tied up.

Read more on:    spca  |  cape town

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.