Protesters neck­lace dog

The New Age (Western Cape) - - Front Page - MPUMI KIVA

A PROTEST by res­i­dents over lack of houses turned ugly when a group of men caught and neck­laced a stray dog in Them­balethu.

The in­ci­dent which has been de­scribed as bar­baric by lo­cals, hap­pened on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

Mem­bers of the com­mu­nity yes­ter­day con­demned the ac­tion.

The dog was ap­par­ently look­ing for food when a group of protesters caught it and placed a tyre around its neck and set it alight in Nel­son Man­dela Boule­vard.

This was af­ter the Red Ants, be­lieved to have been de­ployed from Gaut­eng prov­ince, de­mol­ished scores of in­for­mal struc­tures on an open field out­side Them­balethu.

Dur­ing the protest, an­gry res­i­dents block­aded the road with burn­ing plas­tic bags and tree trunks on the town­ship’s main road pre­vent­ing all traf­fic in­clud­ing fire­fight­ers from en­ter­ing the area.

So far four peo­ple have been ar­rested af­ter sev­eral build­ings were also dam­aged.

Yes­ter­day res­i­dents con­demned what they called “a bar­baric ac­tion” on an in­no­cent an­i­mal.

The sick­en­ing scene has also been con­demned by the Gar­den SPCA in Ge­orge which urged res­i­dents to re­frain from tor­tur­ing an­i­mals.

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