Alarm over stray cattle

0
427

Agri EC vows to ensure Ndlambe obeys court order

One of the injured cows which had to be euthanised

TWO collisions between cars and cattle on the R67 have again highlighted the dangers of stray cattle on Ndlambe’s roads, and the municipality faces returning to court to answer for its failure to enforce the law.

One accident took place on the Grahamstown side of Bathurst last Thursday night, and the other on the R67 near the Nemato stadium on Saturday, where two animals were involved in the collision.

There were no injuries to the vehicle occupants, but cars were damaged and two cattle had to be euthanised by the SPCA due to their injuries.

Damage done to one of the vehicles that hit a cow on the R67

Despite a court order compelling the municipality to address the stray cattle problem by establishing a reporting system, impounding the strays and fining the owners, McNamara said the problem was getting worse, not better.

“I think it is inevitable that we will go back to court, given the lack of meaningful action on the part of the municipality,” he said.

The comprehensive court order obtained by Agri EC also compels the municipality to address problems on municipal commonages like missing and broken boundary fences, lack of control over how many animals are kept on the commonages, lack of identification tags, animal diseases and pervasive alien invasive vegetation.

See the full story in this week’s Talk of the Town.

Leave a Reply