A 10-month-old Belgian shepherd dog Nihan has been donated to the Gonubie K9 by local community activist Amanda Timms unit on Monday, 28 June 2021.
This was after the alleged brutal murder of 34-year-old farmer Darryl Richter which motivated Timms into donating the dog to the K9 unit. With Nihan joining the police unit Nihan can help in fighting crime within the Buffalo city metro community.
Timms explains that “The dogs range between R15 000-R25 000 but I am hoping to get at least two more to donate with.” And that she started donating in East London because it is her hometown but is determined to donate to other towns.
With the help of donations from the East London executive deputy mayor Helen Neale-May and a prominent businessman who preferred to be kept anonymous, the activist says a huge amount was donated into purchasing Nihan.
In just 24 hours they were able to get Nihan through Schutzhunde K9 Kennels Breeding and Training facility.
Executive deputy mayor who has been the member of the community police forum for more than 20 years, came in for the hand-over of Nihan also on behalf of the Buffalo city mayor Xola Pakati to offer condolences to the Richter family.
The aim behind this is for the community members to take initiative for their community against crime. “When a community works together with SAPS, we have a safer environment,” says Helen Neale-May