JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A South African court on Tuesday ordered a security guard to pay a 4,000 rand ($825) fine or go to jail for four months for brutally kicking a cat before thousands of spectators at a soccer match. The Johannesburg court also gave Boikie Raphela, 42, a six-month suspended sentence and ordered him to do 1,200 hours of community service in the horse and dog unit at the city's traffic department. Raphela's attack on the the cat on the pitch at a match in May between South Africa's two most popular soccer teams -- Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs -- was captured on film and broadcast around the world. The black cat -- a sign of bad luck for some black South Africans -- was thrown into stands of the Pirates fans before the kickoff. The cat managed to escape after several minutes of being kicked by Raphela, who worked for the Pirates, but South Africa's Animal Anti-Cruelty League said it was later found dead outside the stadium. "Now maybe he will learn of the relationship between humans and animals," Denise Felix, spokeswoman for the league which arrested Raphela and brought the case against him, told Reuters. "The whole community is tired of violence and tired of cruelty." Raphela has three days to appeal against the sentence -- the maximum for contravening the Animal Protection Act.