A ‘talking Monkey’ was burnt to death in Kagiso informal settlement, west of Johannesburg, after residents believed it was linked to witchcraft, The Star newspaper reported
An angry and idiotic mob gathered in a settlement west of Johannesburg chanting, “kill that witch” after chasing and catching a terrified monkey.
“I was curious to see this monkey that people claimed could talk, and when I saw a group of people chasing after it, I joined them,” one resident said . “When it went up the tree, I climbed after it and brought it down because I was curious as I found it unbelievable that a monkey could talk.
“I feel guilty. I shouldn’t have taken it down from that tree. I dropped it down after someone poured petrol on it. I had no choice.”
Cora Bailey, manager of Community Led Animal Welfare (Claw) in South Africa, was alerted by a local resident and arrived at a scene of “sheer criminality”.
She said: “We just got there too late. What was incredibly sad is that there were so many little children in the crowd – some of them very traumatised. The incident happened in 2011 in May but its hard to forget by residents up to now.