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January 24, 2015

DAILYKENN.com -- When a cattle truck overturned in South Africa, natives chased escaped cattle, hacking slabs of meat off the live animals, reports say.

While some of the animals were butchered on site, others were stolen.

Dailysun.co.za reported the mob ambushed the cattle truck by throwing stones at it causing it to crash.

Once police arrived the mob dispersed.

The crash was reported by News24 on Jan. 21, 2015.

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From news24.com we read:
Johannesburg - A crowd of people tried to hack meat off cattle after a trailer they were being transported in overturned on the N1 in Gauteng, the NSPCA said on Wednesday.

"With knives and buckets, the mob was chasing cattle that had managed to release themselves from the vehicle, some of which had injuries including broken legs. Their intention was to hack meat from the living animals," the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) said in a statement.

"Some animals were unable to escape and were stolen or slaughtered by the frenzied crowd."

The driver allegedly lost control of the truck near the Grasmere toll plaza around 17:00 on Tuesday after rocks were thrown at his vehicle from a bridge.

The NSPCA, police, fire and rescue units, and the traffic department worked to clear the road, control the crowd, and free trapped cattle using the Jaws of Life.

Some of the cattle who were "beyond salvation" were slaughtered on the scene.

From iol.co.za we read: 

Johannesburg - Sickening images of a frenzied mob trying to slaughter injured cattle from an overturned truck on the N1 highway near Grasmere has triggered a raging debate on social media: Was it poverty or pure lawlessness?

The brutality of the incident has left the public wondering if the people living close to the road are so impoverished that they have no food, or if they were opportunists.

On Tuesday afternoon, the double-decker trailer carrying about 100 cattle overturned near the Grasmere toll plaza on the N1 freeway. A mob soon gathered around armed with knives and buckets.

“They were chasing cattle that had managed to free themselves from the vehicle, some of which had injuries including broken legs. Their intention was to hack meat from the living animals.

“Some animals were unable to escape and were stolen and slaughtered by the frenzied crowd,” said Andries Venter of the NSPCA.

The mob dispersed after police arrived.
Some of the injured animals were euthanised on the scene, and the SAPS was forced to bring in crowd control units to maintain calm.

Nineteen cattle were killed and 58 stolen, many before emergency services could arrive.

Venter said the mob had allegedly thrown rocks and other objects from the bridge above at the windscreen of the truck causing it to overturn.

The owner of Chalmer Beef, whose cattle were lost during the incident, Willem Wethmar, told The Star that this was what he had been told.

“The truck driver could have been killed,” said Wethmar. Both the driver and co-driver were hospitalised with serious injuries.

Wethmar said intentionally overturning a truck, stealing and inhumanely slaughtering animals were crimes.

Venter told The Star that such incidents were not uncommon. His organisation registered two similar incidents in the Eastern Cape last year, where sheep transport and pig transport were brutally raided for meat.

He said while poverty could motivate such crimes, the inhumane treatment of animals had to be condemned.

President of AgriSA, Johannes Möller, said while these types of incidents were few and happened near poor villages, the treatment of the animals was tragic.

Gerhard Schutte, chief executive of the Red Meat Producers Association, said there were specific codes of conduct in place to ensure cattle were transported humanely, and this incident was a violent breach.

“This is totally unacceptable,” said Schutte.

According to Wethmar, 32 of the cattle were recovered and reached their destination safely.

The NSPCA confirmed this: “The truck and the remaining cattle were taken to the destination farm where SPCA personnel offloaded them.

“The decision to move the truck and the remaining cattle from the scene was taken as night began to fall and the risks to both cattle and rescue personnel increased, even with the presence of the SAPS’s crowd control unit,” said Venter.

He said investigators on the scene were disgusted by the crowd’s behaviour, describing them as “vultures stealing meat”.

From dailysun.co.za we read: 

OUT of 100 cattle only 31 remain.

The Grasmere residents were looking for a free meal. So they allegedly threw stones at a double trailer that was carrying livestock!

At the accident scene, some cattle ran astray while others lay dead next to the overturned truck. More were trapped inside.

The disaster happened when the driver lost control on Tuesday evening on the N1 near the Grasmere toll gate, south of Joburg.

The double trailer had cattle loaded on both levels.

A breakdown truck driver at the scene said: “Some people here always throw stones from the bridge that stretches over the freeway.

“They threw stones and the driver lost control of the truck and

ended up overturning.

“When we arrived some cattle had run off and we could see two that were injured. I think the residents wanted the cattle for food.”

Andries Fanta from the SPCA said they could account for only some of the cattle.

“Thirty-one survived, 20 died and 30 went missing. We suspect they ran off into the nearby location,” said Andries.

Busaphi Nxumalo of the Gauteng Traffic Police said the community is believed to have taken some of the livestock for themselves.

The two men who were in the truck were taken to hospital.

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