In a recent development, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) has taken legal action against Julius Malema, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), under the Animals Protection Act 71 of 1962.
This move comes in response to a video that went viral, depicting Malema’s attempt to slaughter a cow during a celebration in Magaliesberg, marking the EFF’s ten-year anniversary.
Malema’s Controversial Cow Slaughter
The controversial video captured Malema’s struggle as he attempted to slaughter a cow using a knife, causing significant distress to the animal.
Public outcry and animal activists decried his actions as inhumane.
Analysis of the footage revealed Malema’s use of two small knives and more than 11 stabs, along with over 60 instances of twisting the knife into the fully conscious animal’s poll.
Malema’s actions repeatedly inflicted pain and unnecessary suffering on the animal, leaving no doubt about the distress it endured.
NSPCA’s Legal Action
Responding to public concerns and the evident cruelty in the video, the NSPCA has decided to lay criminal charges against Julius Malema, citing violations of the Animals Protection Act.
This Act plays a crucial role in safeguarding animals from pain, suffering, and cruelty.
It emphasizes that all individuals, including public figures and leaders like Malema, are expected to uphold and respect these animal welfare laws.
A Comprehensive Investigation and Prosecution
The NSPCA has conducted a thorough investigation into the violations depicted in the video and subsequently filed criminal charges against Mr. Malema under the Act.
The organization is committed to collaborating with law enforcement agencies and the Prosecuting Authority to ensure a comprehensive investigation and prosecution of the case.
Jacques Peacock, NSPCA spokesperson, stressed the organization’s dedication to protecting and advocating for animal welfare and the importance of holding those who harm animals accountable for their actions.
This legal action sends a clear message that animal cruelty will not be tolerated in society, regardless of one’s public stature or position.