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Mob revenge for child's death after dog attack

By unknown | Jan 12, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alex Matlala

Alex Matlala

Angry Bolobedu residents turned on a Tzaneen farmer this week after his dog killed a child walking to his farm.

The farmer, who is due to appear in court today, had to be saved from the hands of the mob, which was baying for his blood.

They were reacting to the death on Wednesday of Prince Ngomana, 8, of Kubjana village in Bolobedu.

Prince, dressed in his new school uniform, had just left school to join his friends who were working on the farm.

He was passing next to a fence when one of the dogs in the yard got out and attacked him.

A Greater Tzaneen municipality ward councillor, Reilinah Maunatlala, said: "The dog jumped over a high fence on to the road and attacked the boy.

"Price could not defend himself against the animal because it was all over him."

Maunatlala said when people came out to see what was happening, the dog had already killed the child.

During a visit by Sowetan to the victim's house, his mother, who battled to find the words to describe her loss, said: "My son is gone, gone for ever."

Then she burst into tears.

Mayor Othaniel Mushwana said keeping dogs unguarded was a punishable offence.

Police spokesman Superintendent Moatshe Ngoepe said the farmer would appear in the Tzaneen magistrates' court today, charged with culpable homicide.

Villagers told Sowetan that parents had previously complained to the farmer about child labour.

The boy and his friends, some as young as seven, are allegedly employed as seasonal workers at the Deerpark farm outside Tzaneen.


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