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City of CT to lay charges after sheep slaughtered on Clifton 4th Beach

The group occupied the beach on Friday to slaughter the animal in an effort to drive out the spirit of racism in the area.

Activists from lobby group Black People’s National Crisis Committee brought a sheep to slaughter on the beach for a cleansing ceremony. Lauren Isaacs/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The City of Cape Town says it will lay charges of animal cruelty against members of a group that slaughtered a sheep on Clifton Fourth Beach.

The group occupied the beach on Friday to slaughter the animal in an effort to drive out the spirit of racism in the area.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the City have condemned the act.

The City's JP Smith says the group didn't have the permit required to slaughter the sheep and law enforcement officials had been given strict instructions to stop protesters from bringing it to the beach.

“The sheep had been carried across the rocks from an adjacent beach and they had not spotted it earlier enough.”

Initially, they thought the animal was dead and when they discovered it was still alive they tried to intervene, only to be stopped by a senior South African Police Service (SAPS) member.

“They are claiming that it provoked violence from the crowd and that the slaughtering of the sheep was within the constitutional rights of the person involved in the protest.”

Smith says senior City officials believe the SAPS member overreached his authority and they'll be laying charges against him, as well as the protesters who slaughtered the sheep.

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