uMngeni River: Troublesome croc killed

2013-05-03 00:00

AN elusive three metre crocodile tormenting residents living along the uMngeni River was shot dead yesterday.

After four years of failed attempts to capture it alive, a permit to kill the animal was issued, said Ezemvelo spokesperson Musa Mntambo.

“Over the years, the crocodile had become three metres long. It had begun bothering dogs along the banks of the uMngeni River.

“It was also posing a danger to people using the river,” said Mntambo.

“Kayaks are used on the river on a daily basis and people also use the river for fishing,” he said.

Ezemvelo’s general manager for the eastern region, Cedric Coetzee, said the killing of the crocodile was taken as a preventative measure.

“We have no doubt that the crocodile would have soon attacked human beings. We could not wait for that to happen, hence our decision to destroy it,” he said.

Mntambo said it was a mystery how the crocodile ended up living in that section of the river, which was not an ideal crocodile habitat as it flows through a largely industrial area there.

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