Case against Klipgat donkey meat three postponed

Community members look in shock the remains of donkeys that were killed and their meat stolen.

Three men arrested for the illegal slaughter and possession of donkey meat in Klipgat, north of Pretoria, have been remanded in custody.

The men, Mgcini Dube (32) of Zimbabwe, Stephen Sepeng (32) of Klipgat and Collen Molapo appeared in the Ga-Rankuwa Magistrate’s Court on Monday 3 December.

The case was postponed to December 11 and the three were remanded in custody, said police spokesperson Warrant Officer Nelson Mabuza.

The men were arrested on Thursday 29 November after an off-duty police officer spotted a suspicious Citi Golf.

“The officer followed the suspicious vehicle to a house in Klipgat where he held the suspects up and searched their vehicle. The cop was shocked to discover the donkey meat. He called on-duty police officers to make the arrest,” said Mabuza.

The SPCA was called to the scene and was shocked by what it witnessed.

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SPCA inspector Mishack Matlou told Rekord the association would oppose bail when the men next appeared next week.

“We will add a charge of animal cruelty on top of the charges they are already facing. They kill these donkeys in a very cruel manner,” said Matlou.

Mabuza said a day after the arrest, a Michael Moeng had come to the police to report that he had found the remains of his three slaughtered donkeys in the bush.

“Police went with him to the scene where they found the head, legs, and skin,” said Matlou, adding that the meat was neatly packaged in a bucket and refuse bags.

Matlou said he was concerned about the killing of animals in the northern parts of Pretoria.

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“We are also worried that people are being fed donkey meat without their knowledge,” he said.

It was not the first time police had arrested people in possession of stolen donkey meat in the area.

The SPCA warned residents north of the city to be wary of being fed donkey meat.

Matlou recently said 33 donkey carcasses had been found north of Pretoria – Winterveldt, Kgabalatsane, Klipgat and Madidi – with meat removed.

“In all instances, only the legs, head and skin were left behind,” said Matlou.

“We do not know what they are doing with the meat. We want to appeal to community members to be wary when buying meat, especially those buying and selling food around the community,” said Matlou.

“We want to make people aware, especially those who like pap and vleis to check their meat carefully.”

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