Issues of uncontrolled cattle

Broken gravestones and the tearing up of the ground at a cemetery in Nemato on Tuesday morning, these cows were simply allowed to wander indiscriminately through the township.

HOLY COW: Were the cattle paying respects or were the owners showing disrespect for the people who are buried at this cemetery in Nemato? Picture: ROB KNOWLES

This is not a new issue, and “free-range” cattle is a huge problem in the area and, more widely, the Eastern Cape. Uncontrolled cattle can be seen on roads, including national roads, and are a menace to private property. Cattle have been the cause of several road accidents in the area.

It is understood that cattle need to graze but there are specific places, such as commonages, where these animals can be controlled and not allowed to wander freely.

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