Buried dog’s day in court
The case of two janitors accused of burying a dog alive was postponed in the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court to allow for more investigations.
Poto Mfengu and Mkhumbuzi Ncedana face charges of animal cruelty after the dog was rescued from being buried alive on the sportsfield of Luhlaza Secondary School on October 20.
She was dubbed “Warrior” by her rescuers after being hauled from a 1.5m-deep pit where she was stuck for about 30 minutes. The janitors are due to appear in the Khayelitsha Magistrate’s Court again on Friday.
Staff of Mdzananda Animal Clinic brought Warrior to the court building yesterday where animal lovers, along with their own dogs, protested outside for “Justice for Warrior”.
Mdzananda co-ordinator Jane Levinson said Warrior was recovering “very well” and was being taken for hydrotherapy treatment and acupuncture every week.
Meanwhile, Mfengu and Ncedana are still working at Luhlaza Secondary School.
Spokesman for the Western Cape Education Department, Paddy Atwell, said there was nothing prohibiting them from returning to work.
Police arrested the pair within hours of the incident, but released them from custody the next day.
Bukelwa Mbulawa, a worker in the school’s kitchen who blew the whistle by alerting Mdzananda from her cellphone, told the Cape Times yesterday she was still unemployed after the principal, Manono Makhaphela, had suddenly not renewed her contract the next day.
Yesterday, Makhaphela denied this, saying what the media was being told was “just rumours”. - Cape Times