Durban, Deputy Mayor of Kwazul-Natal, and bodyguards this week have been found guilty of the cruelty of animals for shooting a dog.
Phumlani Ntombela, deputy mayor of the local municipality of Mthonjaneni, near the Richards Bay, has been found guilty in the Melmoth Magistrates Court this week. He was accused of animal cruelty along with bodyguard Bongani Shabalala for shooting with a dog.
Another bodyguard was acquitted of the charges.
The National Society for the Prevention of Animal Cruelty (NSPCA) filed a charge of animal cruelty against the trio in November 2017 when a video clip appeared in social media. They were captured on a camera shooting the dog.
In the video, a man with a rifle aims and shoots the dog, which is connected with a fence along a trail in a rural area.
The dog, angry and agonizing, was shot several times with a rifle in front of a crowd, including children.
When the dog finally died, the abandoned people left him. A young boy approached the animal and "with a knife" interrupted his strap.
Ntombela received a six-month prison sentence or was ordered to pay a fine of R4000.
The bodyguard received R2000 a fine or six months of imprisonment.
"The USSR is convinced that the deputy mayor and the shooter are guilty of it – it is good for people in South Africa to understand that it does not matter who you are, if you hurt the animals, you will face the law of the law," said NSPCA spokesman Meg Wilson.
Wilson said the NSSC believes the sentences are not consistent with the suffering the dog has suffered, but two men, one of whom has a high political stance, already have a criminal record, which is itself a victory. Meg Wilson of NSPCA.
The NSPCA Mokoena inspector traveled to Melmot by Gautheng in seven cases to investigate the case and appear in court to make sure that justice was served.