Animal advocates have ample reason to doubt Makhaphela's sincerity. The principal was told to implement the program by July of 2013, but it wasn't put into effect until this year, when the principal was jailed for disobeying the judge's order after being reported by the Mdzananda Animal Clinic.
Humane Education Trust founder Louise van der Merwe, however, believes the principal is now taking animal welfare at the school seriously.
"At the end of the day, one can say it's just words," Van der Merwe told News24. "But when I handed in this report, Mr Mak said to me: 'Louise, that dog did nothing to me.' If I reached him, it's in those words."
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