Skip to comments.Monkey "witch" burned by South African township mob
Posted on 06/01/2011 9:53:27 AM PDT by LibWhacker
Animal welfare workers were contacted by a Kagiso resident traumatized by the incident, in which a vervet monkey was beaten, pelted with stones, shot at and burned to death.
Animal welfare groups in South Africa have condemned the barbaric killing of a vervet monkey by a mob of township residents who said it was a talking witch.
The monkey was beaten, pelted with stones, shot at and then doused with gas and burned to death in Kagiso near Johannesburg, by residents chanting Kill that witch!, reports South Africas Star newspaper.
The vervet monkey had reportedly wandered into the township after becoming separated from its troop. Residents said the monkey had been going around Kagiso talking to people, and believed it was linked to witchcraft and would bring them bad luck.
They pelted the monkey with stones, and the monkey fled into a tree but was pulled down, put in a bucket and doused with gas.
Kagiso resident Tebogo Moswetsi told the Star that he climbed the tree and grabbed the monkey.
"I was curious to see this monkey that people claimed could talk, and when I saw a group of people chasing after it, I joined them," he said. "When it went up the tree, I climbed after it and brought it down because I was curious as I found it unbelievable that a monkey could talk.
"I feel guilty. I shouldn't have taken it down from that tree. I dropped it down after someone poured petrol on it. I had no choice," Moswetsi said. "Someone struck a match. [The monkey] got out of the bucket and dropped down dead. They continued throwing stones at it."
Cora Bailey, manager of Community-led Animal Welfare (CLAW), got a call from an upset resident and when she arrived in Kagiso saw a big crowd gathered around the remains of the burning monkey.
I felt devastated. You could barely tell it had been a living creature. There were very small children who looked very confused and frightened, she told the Star, describing the incident as "barbaric."
Bailey later said that she was horrified to see the racist comments that have appeared online in response to the incident.
"Every time this happens, it's people in the community who call us. Cruelty to animals is not a racial thing. I've worked in townships for 20 years and there are good and bad people in all communities," she told the Guardian newspaper.
Bailey said the "dreadful superstition" about monkeys and witchcraft in some communities is fuelled by ignorance about the animals, and a lack of knowledge that vervet monkeys can be separated from their troops or be displaced by the destruction of their natural habitat.
Johannes Bapela, who called Bailey, said the claims of witchcraft were totally baseless and he thought the monkey was killed more from mob mentality.
I couldn't sleep that night because it was too traumatic, he told The Star.
South Africa's NSPCA, which represents societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals, said it was horrified to hear about the monkey's death and would look into possible prosecutions.
Monkey probably turned somebody into a newt...
Horrible story and they wonder why people judge them to be uncivilized?
It was probably acting white.
Was it heavier than a duck?
Yeah, well....12% of those “savages” now reside in the USA. Ergo, the societal fear of race riots. True, some are now somewhat civilized....but I notice a tendency to revert and resort to violence in many African Americans (see recent videos of black on white violence).
They chop up and burn Christians in Africa, also. In fact, Obama’s uncle, Odinga, has supporters that did just that when Obama was campaigning for his uncle in Kenya.
Couldn’t they just have spanked their monkey?
17 years after fall of Apartheid, what are millions of Afrikaners still doing living in South Africa?
Sad part is if they did this to a White Person instead of a monkey it wouldn’t even made the news.
Mmmmmmm, Mmmmmmm, Mmmmmmm!
Am I the only one who thinks this sounds like a blast?
BURN THE MONKEY WITHCH!!
Monkey see, monkey do.
The Rally Monkey frowns upon your shenanigans.
No wonder monkey’s never say anything. This is the kind of thing that would happen.