SPCA slaughters Yen­geni’s rit­ual

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THE FOR­MER ANC Chief Whip was in the spot­light af­ter re­ports that he speared a bull be­fore it was slaugh­tered in a cleans­ing cer­e­mony fol­low­ing his re­lease from prison. His ac­tion pro­voked out­rage and threats of in­ves­ti­ga­tion from the So­ci­ety for the Pre­ven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals (SPCA). The Min­istry of Arts and Cul­ture and other mem­bers of so­ci­ety leapt into the de­bate. A COLUM­NIST in the Mail & Guardian said: “If the SPCA tried to demon­strate sen­si­tiv­ity to why the prac­tice is car­ried out, in­stead of le­gal­is­tic whing­ing, per­haps it would find it eas­ier to reach the ears of those it was try­ing to con­vert.” A colum­nist in the Sun­day Times agreed: “The SPCA is a fine or­gan­i­sa­tion… It’s rather un­for­tu­nate that, in this in­stance, its pub­lic pos­ture smacks of prej­u­dice un­suc­cess­fully dis­guised as piety.”


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