Police and members of the Animal Anti-Cruelty League were at the Fairview Racecourse early on Thursday morning, following reports that at least one horse had been killed, allegedly by a group of protesters, HeraldLIVE reported.
A number of horses were also released from their stables at the course, allegedly by the same group.
Reports from the scene are that at least one horse was murdered and another injured. Nine of the missing 22 horses have been found.
It is alleged the large group of people, including grooms, were at the racecourse at about 6am.
A member of a private security company told HeraldLIVE that one horse was confirmed dead and another had its legs broken.
Police and Animal Anti-Cruelty League staff are on the scene at Fairview Racecourse where protesters have allegedly released horses from their stables. It's believed one of the horses has been killed and another injured, reports @DevKoen— HeraldLIVE (@HeraldPE) September 17, 2020
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According to TimesLive horses have been slaughtered with pangas as a protest allegedly over UIF non-payment rages at the Fairview racecourse.
A staff dispute at the CCMA was also driving the protest.
Meg Wilson, spokesperson for the NSPCA, called the event “mayhem” and said police had asked for backup.
“The scene is still active so we don’t have all the details yet. We know at least one horse has been hacked to death and people have been chasing the horses around.”
“The necessary action will be taken to prosecute those involved.”