R5000 reward for info or return of Simon's Town's Just Nuisance statue parts

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The Simon’s Town Historical Society is offering a R5 000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of the bronze replica of the iconic Great Dane Just Nuisance.

Just Nuisance is believed to have been born in 1937 and lived in Simon's Town in the Cape with his owner Benjamin Chaney.

He roamed around the neighbourhood following sailors to work and back and became a beloved part of the community.

He was the only dog ever to be officially enlisted in the Royal Navy.

A statue was erected in Jubilee Square in Simon's Town to commemorate his life.

Pippa Hudson talks to Eric Mawhinney, chair of the Simonstown Historical Society about the theft of part of the statue. The cap and collar were prised off the rock that the Just Nuisance statute is mounted on in April this year.

The society decided, in light of authorities not doing anything, to offer a reward which could lead to the recovery of the cap and collar and prosecution.

Eric Mawhinney, Chairperson - Simon's Town Historical Society

The priority is the return of the stolen items.

Though the dog never liked wearing the cap or the collar which is why it was placed separately on the rock.

Eric Mawhinney, Chairperson - Simon's Town Historical Society

Anything that is metal no matter how big or small could have scrap value but the motive is anybody's guess.

Eric Mawhinney, Chairperson - Simon's Town Historical Society

Will the cap and collar be replaced?

We don't know whether the original mould is still in existence. if not, then we would have to find out if it could be recreated and what the cost what be.

Eric Mawhinney, Chairperson - Simon's Town Historical Society

It is a tourist attraction and children love to take photos and climb on the rock.

Eric Mawhinney, Chairperson - Simon's Town Historical Society

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