Lions await fate

The fate of 10 lions that killed a nine- year-old boy on a farm near Vryburg in North West will be known soon, the provincial agriculture department said yesterday.

The fate of 10 lions that killed a nine- year-old boy on a farm near Vryburg in North West will be known soon, the provincial agriculture department said yesterday.

Spokesman Lesego Mcwango said a report compiled on the incident would be presented to MEC for agriculture Paul Mogotle, who will then determine the way forward.

The report, detailing findings of a three-week investigation, was not seen by the MEC on Saturday, when the lions were supposed to be put down.

Agriculture department officials, sent to kill the lions, were denied access to the farm on Saturday, according to reports.

Tshepo Gaorupi apparently put his hand through a gap near the gate of the lion enclosure and one of the lions grabbed him and pulled him into the camp.

Only a small piece of the boy's skull remained after the incident on June 17.

The Congress of SA Trade Unions in North West yester day condemned "the attitude of Mogotle and the white racist official who advised him to cancel and withdraw the decision to kill the lions".

"Our position is that those lions are not more important than the life of Tshepo. The withdrawal indicates to the people of North West that the MEC and his white official advisers respect the lives of lions more than the life of a human being who was mauled by lions," said Cosatu's Solly Phetoe.

Cosatu called for the killing of the lions and that the expired permit of farm owner, Tommy van Vuuren, not be renewed. - Sapa

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