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Another video has caused a stir on social media, this time showing a man being mauled by two pit-bulls. Police can also be seen intervening, shooting one of the animals before community members try to save the victim.
The man being attacked is Wayne “Wayntjie” Kayster, an alleged thief believed to be trying to break into a house in First Avenue, Lotus River, Cape Town while the owners were away.
The video shows Kayster being attacked by a white, pregnant pitbull and a brown male pitbull. The animals are relentless, regardless of the community trying to get the dogs off Kayster. At one point, one pitbull has Kayster by the throat.
One woman can be heard shouting, “Hy is by die gorrel!” (He is at his throat.)
Another man shouts: “Wayntjie lê stil! Hosh, daai man is klaar.” (Waynetjie, keep still! Oh no, that man is finished.)
Bernadette Abraham, of The Cape of Good Hope SPCA, said that they have viewed the footage and are looking into the incident.
Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Taut said an inquest docket has been opened for investigation.
Kayster was rushed to hospital after the attack, but died later on Monday night.
Kayster’s family, however, say that he was not commiting a crime at the time of the attack. They believe he was looking for scrap.
Kayster’s shocked sister, Theresa Demas, 39, told the Daily Voice, “I was at the owner’s house [on Tuesday night] and he said Wayne was at his home looking for scrap, as he usually does.
“He told Wayne there was nothing.
“People say when Wayne was peeping over the wall, the dogs dragged him over.
“Wayne has been (hustling) since he was at school and he is a drug addict.
“He also cuts grass at people’s homes. He would not steal… he doesn’t have a criminal record.”
“It was just horrible what happened,” Demas said.
“Wayne had pieces of flesh missing. The police shot the one dog but why is the other one still allowed to stay there?”
The family want the other dog to be put down.
The owners were not home and have not given comment.
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