According to her father, Vusi Khumalo, the Grade 4 learner was mauled by 3 PIT BULLS while returning to her home in Rosettenville, in the south of Johannesburg, after school on Monday, May 25, Southern Courier reported.
“When my daughter came home, she opened the gate and then locked it. That’s when the dogs attacked her,” he said.
Khumalo said people watched helplessly, as they were scared to help, until a neighbour, Mkhululi Nsibande, jumped the fence and helped the little girl. “I couldn’t stand there and watch her being attacked by these dogs. While outside I spotted a police van, I asked them to help. They were scared to go into the property. I took a branch of a tree and a hammer, jumped the fence and rescued the girl,” Mkhululi said.
She was later taken to Chris Hani Baragwanath. Khumalo’s landlord, Patricia Kabongo said she was baffled how the dogs escaped from her locked garage. “I wasn’t home most of the day… my dogs are always locked in the garage. Someone must have opened the garage door. I have many tenants, and no one is prepared to tell me the truth,” she said.
According to Khumalo, an officer at the Moffatview Police Station on Wednesday refused to open a case of negligence, as “he was not at the scene when the incident took place”. But another officer later promised to look into the matter.
“My daughter is in theatre, her leg is about to be amputated and I’m being told her kidneys are failing,” Khumalo said.