A KwaZulu-Natal man is expected to appear in court after his dogs attacked and killed a five-year-old boy this week.
Little Buhle ‘Khuluza’ Mthethwa’ was attacked by his neighbour’s dogs across the Mtholo Reserve in Mtubatuba on Tuesday, Zululand Observer reported.
The boy had volunteered to purchase some household goods for his frail grandmother at the tuck shop next door.
Unaware the dogs had been let loose and left unattended, he entered the premises.
He was immediately set upon by the dogs, and his defenceless body was dragged to the kraal, where he was brutally dismembered and mauled to death.
According to his traumatised grandfather, Bentu Mthethwa, 65, the boy wanted to help his grandmother suffering from high blood pressure.
“He was like a son to me because his mother disappeared long ago, and I took care of him. He was always helpful around the house. How sad is it that an act of kindness ended in such a tragedy,” said Mthethwa.
“His face was unrecognisable and the wounds horrific.”
By the time the police arrived on the scene, the child was already dead.
Shocked by the actions of his pets, the dogs’ owner used a wire to hang them from a tree as penance.
The owner was charged and appeared in the KwaMsane Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.
– Caxton News Service