Updated: Sep 19, 2020


"All the horses have been accounted for and the injured horses are receiving treatment by the Port Elizabeth Anti Animal Cruelty.

At this stage the exact reason for the protest and subsequent death, injury and release of the horses is not known,” Naidu added. “Public Order Policing, the community, security companies, specialised police units as well as SAPS Kabega Park members assisted the stabling staff in rounding up the traumatised animals. The horses are racehorses. Public Order Policing will remain in the area to avert further attacks.” SAPS spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu said in a statement.


Chaos erupted at Fairview Racing Yard in Port Elizabeth today after workers, reportedly angry over various labour-related issues, stormed the premises and released horses, resulting in the death of one horse and the maiming of many others.

The yard, which contains many horses owned by international racing syndicate, The International Racing Club, who over the past few years has invested more than R20 million into the sport of racing in South Africa want racing authority Phumelela to take swift decisive action. “Something has to be done to stop this incredible violence and abuse against these animals,” says International Racing Club spokesperson, Michael de Haast.

“What is more worrying is that the trainer at this yard is a woman and she is being threatened with physical violence if she tries to protect the horses. Gender Based Violence, a scourge in our country, is being able to rear its ugly head in this situation too! Something has to be done!”

The South African racing community is held in high regard around the world, for producing some of the top racing blood lines, however, this recent incident could see many international investors pulling out of the sport in a time when our country needs as much financial support as possible.

“It is a very sad day in this country, when innocent animals are abused due to greed and hate. As Ghandi said - The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated – and I fear that our nation has lost its way unless we take a very big stand against this!” states de Haast. “If we can march and protest about inappropriate adverts we need to take even stronger action against this level of violence!

Phumelela Gaming were contacted for comment but no comment was given.


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