The family of four-year-old Milani Keke are struggling to come to terms with the toddler’s death after he was mauled to death by two pitbulls in Gugulethu at the weekend.
Milani was attacked while trying to retrieve a rugby ball from a neighbour’s property on Sunday. His traumatised mother Nothemba Keke spoke to Cape Times, saying: “I was here at home when I heard the screams of my daughter crying ‘Mama come out, Milani is being attacked by dogs.’
“I ran outside and one was attacking him from the back of his skull while the other barked and ran around him. I ran and tried to jump the fence to save him, but a neighbour grabbed me and pulled me back.”
Keke, who is a mother of two, added: “I don’t like to talk about it. Even now I don’t feel like talking; we are distraught and we are still shocked.”
Police spokesperson Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana confirmed the incident is being investigated and no arrests have yet been made.
Ward councillor Sharon Manata told Cape Times the community is very angry.
“You ask yourself, in these four-roomed houses that we have what makes a person have such vicious dogs? We don’t have big yards, this innocent child was just playing in the yard of his home and by mistake the ball fell in the next door yard.”
She added, “This child was not even in the yard of these dogs, but they dragged him from the fence. We are crying with the family, crying with the mother who is traumatised by seeing her child being mauled by the dogs. Truly as a community we are shattered,” she said.
Gugulethu Development Forum general secretary Vincent Domingo told the publication that the government should create safe recreational facilities where children in the community can play.
Cape of Good Hope SPCA spokesperson Belinda Abrahams said law enforcement will investigate the matter and make the decision about the future of the dogs.