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    ICYMI: Three-year-old mauled to death by a Pitbull in Free State

    A three-year-old boy was attacked and mauled to death by a Pitbull in Sekoti-mpate in Hennenman in the Free State. 

    The incident happened on Sunday morning, 20 November 2022. 


    Three-year-old Keketso Saule was reportedly bitten by the dogs in his neighbour’s yard. 

    According to South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Captain Stephen Thakeng said on arrival at the scene they found a large group of community members already outside the yard. 

    The three-year-old boy was certified dead at the scene with severe injuries to the head. 

    Thakeng said the dog was removed by its owner from the scene where the incident took place, but eventually was burned to death by the angry community.

    Public Order Policing unit members were then deployed to the area as the situation was tense. 

    The owner of the Pitbulls was also reportedly whisked away by police for his safety after the community threatened to take action against him. 

    The second Pitbull was reportedly taken by the SPCA for safekeeping. 

    Hennenman police have since opened an inquest for further investigation.

    The incident happened just days after eight-year-old Olebogeng Mosime was also mauled to death by a neighbour’s Pitbull in Vista Park, Bloemfontein.

    Police spokesperson Thabo Covane said the Pitbull allegedly escaped from its enclosure, jumped over the fence and went to the neighbour’s premises. It then attacked the young boy who was playing alone, biting him severely on the neck and chest. The boy was declared dead at the scene.

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