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NSPCA not pressing charges after N1 cattle carnage

A large crowd, armed with knives and buckets, slaughtered cattle on the N1 highway earlier this week.

FILE: A truck transporting about 100 cattle overturned on Tuesday near the Grasmere Toll Plaza, leaving some of the animals with broken limbs. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) says it will not press charges against a group of people who slaughtered cattle on the N1 highway earlier this week.

A truck transporting about 100 cattle overturned on Tuesday near the Grasmere Toll Plaza, leaving some of the animals with broken limbs.

The driver claims objects were thrown at his vehicle by people standing on a bridge, causing the accident.

A large crowd, armed with knives and buckets, then slaughtered them on the scene.

The NSPCA's Andries Venter says although they want to pursue charges, it's difficult to identify any of the people involved in the incident.

Venter says they've decided to close the case.

The incident has caused outraged among members of the public, including a senior NSPCA inspector on the scene, who labelled those involved in the act as "vultures stealing meat".