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Three year old mauled to death by pitbull


Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Eastern Cape

GQEBERHA - A three-year-old girl was mauled to death by a pitbull that exited it’s yard through a broken gate and attacked her while she was playing in the street with other kids this afternoon, 19 December 2021 in Zwide.

It is alleged that at about 16:20, Simamkele Kovu (3) was playing in Msengana Street near her house when the dog attacked her. The dog was stabbed multiple times by a resident who tried to save the child. She sustained several bite wounds on her neck and face and succumbed to her injuries at the scene.

It is further alleged that the dog belonged to a teenager from the same street but was currently out of town at the time of the attack

An inquest docket is under investigation by SAPS Kwazakele. Police are urging residents to make sure that their property is secured and that their pet canines remain within their secured boundaries.


Colonel Priscilla Naidu
071 362 8726