GRAPHIC: Dog slayed. Photo: Supplied
Witness statements are still outstanding two months after a man was caught on video stabbing a Pit bull named Benji to death in the street.

Sihle Mbambo, 27, made a brief appearance at the Khayelitsha Magistrates’ Court on Friday where he faced animal rights organisations such as the Cape of Good Hope SPCA and the Animal Welfare Society of South Africa in Philippi.

The court heard on Friday that statements from witnesses were outstanding while a post mortem on Benji was handed in.

The matter was postponed to 13 August for further investigation.

Mbambo was released on R500 bail after he was arrested in May following investigations by the animal rights groups.

Benji was killed in Site B, Khayelitsha.

A second man, seen on the video holding the dog down, is yet to be identified.

The incident took place on 10 May after the dog apparently attacked a child.

An angry Allan Perrins, of the Animal Welfare Society, says the courts have enough evidence to convict because of the video.

“The investigating officer, who has yet to attend the court proceedings, apparently needs extra time to obtain additional witness statements,” Perrins said.

“We were also distressed and frustrated to note that no progress has been made to apprehend and charge Mr Mbambo’s accomplice, this despite the IO reportedly being made aware of his identity and whereabouts.

“The crime was graphically captured on video. What further proof is needed to prove the guilt of these two monsters?”

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