Cape Town – Condolences are pouring in on social media following the murder of a young Cape Town vet, who was stabbed by intruders at his Athlone home early on Thursday.
It is believed that Dr Natheem Jacobs, 27, who had just started a new job at the Cape of Good Hope SPCA this week, was attacked with a knife by criminals who were trying to steal the wheels of his wife’s car during load shedding at his home in Lady May Street, Garlandale.
He was attacked as he went out to check.
“According to reports the deceased was stabbed with a knife and was transported to a nearby medical facility for medical assistance where he succumbed due to the extent of injuries he had sustained on arrival at the hospital,” IOL quoted Western Cape police as saying.
Vet Dr Natheem Jacobs, (27), has been stabbed to death at his Garlandale, Athole, home in Cape Town. Intruders were trying to steal the wheels from his wife’s car, at about midnight, during loadshedding. He went out to check and was stabbed to death. #CrimeWatch pic.twitter.com/fnCWaoo8zH
— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) March 2, 2023
A murder docket has since been opened for investigation.
According to News24, the SPCA said it was devastated by the loss.
“As a committed welfare veterinarian whose heart for animals was beyond comprehension, his loss reverberates throughout the entire organisation,” the organisation said.
SPCA board member Dr Ayoub Banderker said he was “so proud of him as one of the new generation of Muslim vets”.
See some of the Twitter reactions below:
There is a war on the weak. Cruelty to animals is a weapon of the angry. An off duty SPCA officer has now been murdered and every day they brave attacks and assault. They are our heroes. @capespca thank you. We mourn the loss of Dr Natheem Jacobs. pic.twitter.com/DxCKvKeFXy
— Sandra Swart (@WildPasts_) March 3, 2023
Crime in SA is out of hand!!!
The Cape of Good Hope SPCA’s Dr Natheem Jacobs was fatally stabbed outside his Rondebosch East home during a robbery in the early hours of this morning 💔 pic.twitter.com/9dveB2fNK1
— SugarRay 👑 (@SydenhamStekkie) March 2, 2023
Praying into South Africa2023: 2 March
Lord in your mercy today we pray for the family of dr Natheem Jacobs. Spca Vet murdered today in Athlone.
#2023 #SA #spca #peace #natheemjacobs
— Steven-John Bam (@lansdownecpc) March 2, 2023
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Compiled by Betha Madhomu