Sasolburg Technical College, Kroonstad Technical College and Mphohadi College of Education merged in 2000 to form Flavius Mareka TVET College. This week they’ve angered the animal advocacy community with their response on Facebook after a kitten was chased and kicked. Their response to the kitten being rescued and receiving care was answered with a smiling emoji (see photo below)
Although Flavius Mareka allegedly lied by stating they had taken the injured kitten, now dubbed Kibo, to the veterinarian. Kitten and Cat Rescue are the ones who saved Kibo and saw the sweet little kitty got medical care.
The good news is Kibo tested FIV/FeLV negative and should be fine. She has slight bleeding on the liver, probably from being kicked, but her vet says she should recover.
It took a few hours between the time Kibo was kicked and the time she was handed off to the rescue since she had to be caught after being injured. Unfortunately, no case can be reported, since the key witness is fearful for her life if she has to testify.
For future reference, should anyone comes across any animal abuse incident and would like to stand up for the little ones, the complainant must lay charges at their local police station in terms of Section 2(1)(a),(q) and (r) of the Animals Protection Act No 71 of 1962 against the accused of animal cruelty.
The complainant must provide the police with an affidavit, veterinary report, and photos of the abused animal. Apparently, the legal system in South Africa is as difficult to navigate as the legal system in the U.S.
One person who contacted the college got a response back stating
“We acknowledge your communique with regard to this matter and assure you that it is receiving our utmost attention. The college has assigned a Management staff member to deal with this matter as it is very delicate serious. Mrs. Johnette Pienaar, our Academic Head for Business studies in Sasolburg Campus is currently the person handling this matter. Feel free contact her on the office line 016 976 0829 or via her email at email@example.com.
You are also welcomed to contact the Principal’s office 016 976 0815 or on email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to the rescue, Kibo has a forever home waiting for her once she recovers. Someone who will be patient with her until she learns to trust humans again.
Kitten and Cat Rescue was founded in 2012 by vegans living in Vanderbijlpark (Gauteng, South Africa) who tutor maths, science, and accounting from home. They’ve been rescuing animals for a few years now and also feed and sterilize the ferals in the area.
The Facebook: Flavius Mareka TNET page has taken a beating since Kibo’s story went viral on social media. Please feel free to leave them a comment and read comments left by other angry animal advocates.
Updates will be posted on the Kitten and Cat rescue page.
Any additional information omitted or if you’d like to offer an opinion feel free to do so in the comment section.
Note: The emoji screenshot was quickly removed from the page and some suggest Flavius Mareka TVET may have been mistaken by using a laughing face. Should this have been the case, it would seem Flavius Mareka TVET would have announced it was a mistake.