Help SPCA get justice in court for murdered Benji

by The Cape of Good Hope SPCA
Help SPCA get justice in court for murdered Benji
Help SPCA get justice in court for murdered Benji
Help SPCA get justice in court for murdered Benji
Help SPCA get justice in court for murdered Benji
May 21, 2021


Inspector Siviwe Noko outside the Court
Inspector Siviwe Noko outside the Court

Dear Supporter

The day of reckoning finally arrived for the 2 accused of the brutal stabbing of Benji almost 3 years ago!  It's been a rollercoaster ride of postponements, court closures as a result of Covid-19 outbreaks and warrant executions for the failure by the accused to appear in Court.

In South Africa, sentences for a breach of the Animal Protection Act currently cannot exceed a prison term of 12 months (in terms of offences in respect of animals) and 2 years (in respect of animal fighting). Each of these sentences exists in the alternative to an unspecified fine alone. In terms of the Adjustment of Fines Act of 1991, that effectively means a maximum fine of R40 000 and R80 000 respectively.  Discretion on the part of the presiding Magistrate, in handing down a sentence for animal cruelty, is limited to only reducing a sentence and not increasing a sentence to beyond the prescribed maximum.  

Both the accused, first-time offenders, were sentenced to the maximum period of 12-months direct imprisonment, suspended for 5 years, subject to an equal term of 12 months community service being served at the Cape of Good Hope SPCA under the watchful eye of our own Chief Inspector, Jaco Pieterse. 

We hope that by undertaking the oversight of the community service , we will be able to witness true reform in this instance.  This will ensure the compassionate treatment of every animal that crosses the path of the offenders in the future.  We also hope that this outcome sends out a strong message to those who choose to take the law into their own hands.  There is no excuse for animal abuse.  

Our prosecuting inspector Siviwe Noko known affectionately as “The General” because of his relentless persuit of animal abusers says he is relieved that the matter has reached a guilty verdict and thanks everyone for their support and their active participation in this case!

It is your support that kept Inspector Siviwe in the Courtroom and allowed him the privilege of speaking on behalf of Benji who could not speak for himself. We thank you for your contribution and your investment in animal protection in South Africa - we couldn't have done it without you. 

Yours in animal welfare





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