Oelof Grabe, who manages a farm near Bapsfontein - east of Pretoria, has become quite accustomed to thieves regularly raiding his maize-crops, chickens, and chicken-eggs. However, last week Thursday was the first time that thieves targeted his cattle. Six of his prize cows and four calves were stolen and later found ruthlessly butchered in Putfontein, adjacent to the Daveyton Township. Mr Grabe described his emotions to the media (Beeld) as, “extremely heartsore” - (Afr. “baie hartseer”).
Lewende beeste geslag (Beeld)
I believe this was a rather placid description for the feelings of anger racing through Mr Grabe’s mind at the time. “Notwithstanding the financial loss, it is the barbaric cruelty that upsets me the most,” said Mr Garbe.
This sort of savage butchery of cattle and other livestock happens quite often in various parts of South Africa, but the stories are seldom published in the local media. I can only suppose that stories related to the despicable act of Rhino-poaching, and particularly the latest vicious spate in the North West, took precedence over the slaughter of Mr Grabe’s prized cows.
The original news report concerning Mr Grabe’s misfortune appeared online in Beeld late yesterday. At time of posting today (Monday afternoon) it doesn’t seem as if any English media outlets have carried the story yet, hence the reason why I’ve decided to report it here.
Here’s a brief account of the horror:
|Oelof Grabe - (Picture Credit: Beeld)|
The police alerted Mr Grabe that they had found the carcasses in a field in Putfontein. He immediately rushed to the scene where he found about 150 locals (presumably from the adjacent Daveyton Township) busy plundering the meat. According to Mr Grabe they were all equipped with containers and knives, and were busy cutting off pieces of meat. The crowd became angry and started swearing and shouting at the farmer when he attempted to load the carcasses. They wanted to know what right he had to remove the carcasses -- can you believe that?
According to Mr Grabe it was obvious that the animals were brutally massacred, and that the culprits had started chopping off pieces of meat while the animals were still alive. The farmer found one of his calves still alive on the scene, with slash wounds on its leg-tendons and back.
According to police spokesperson, Johannes Jaftha, two men and a woman where arrested on Thursday for possession of ‘alleged stolen’ meat. However, when they appeared in court on Friday they simply claimed that it was ‘by chance’ that they arrived on the scene and started cutting off pieces of meat from the carcasses.
I suppose it was way too much trouble to arrest the entire gang of 150!?!
The value of Mr Grabe’s slaughtered livestock was estimated at R140 000.
Incidentally, a similar incident happened in the same area during October this year… News report here.
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