The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) have laid criminal charges against EFF leader Julius Malema, for alleged cruelty to a cow.

The charges relate to a video of the EFF leader in which he is seen struggling to slaughter a cow. This is prior to the party’s 10th anniversary in July.

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This is after animals were donated to the party and were being prepared for festivities. The incident triggered a wave of outrage.

In a statement on Thursday, NSPCA said it was horrified after seeing the video which had gone viral. It also confirmed that it received numerous complaints.

“The aforesaid video clearly shows Julius Sello Malema attempting to paralyse a cow by pithing it,” said Jacques Peacock, NSPCA Public Relations and Legal Liaison. [i.e. attempting to pierce or sever the spinal cord of the animal so as to kill or immobilise it],” he said.

NSPCA lays criminal charges against EFF leader Julius Malema
Julius Malema


“It is evident from the video that Malema uses two small knives and inflicts more than 11 stabs. Over 60 instances of twisting the knife into the fully conscious animal’s poll.”

The NSPCA says Malema repeatedly inflicted pain. He also caused unnecessary suffering to the animal and that it is evident that the animal endured significant distress.

“The Animals Protection Act 71 of 1962 (“the Act”) is a crucial piece of legislation that aims to protect all animals from unnecessary pain, suffering, and cruelty. It is essential that all individuals, including public figures and leaders, who are expected to set an example, uphold and respect these laws.”

They also add that they have consistently demonstrated their dedication to protecting and advocating for the welfare of animals.

“It is crucial that those who inflict harm upon animals are held accountable for their actions. This sends a clear message that animal cruelty will not be tolerated in our society.”