uMngeni feud over rights to impound cattle

2010-12-01 00:00

TWO uMngeni pound masters are embroiled in a bitter feud over the rights to impound cattle in the area.

For the past few years, a cattle farmer and pound master, Richard Ndlovu, has allegedly been involved in a feud with Bruce Mattison, another pound master.

According to documents seen by The Witness, Ndlovu won a tender from the uMngeni Municipality, while Mattison deals with private clients.

Ndlovu claims that over the years his business has become impossible to operate because he is constantly being harassed by Mattison. He said Mattison has gone as far as entering his kraal and removing cattle he has impounded.

“In one incident, I was called by a Lotheni police officer to come and impound cattle in that area. On my way there, I received a call from Mattison telling me not to impound the cattle because I did not have a right to.

“But because the police had called me there I decide to impound the cattle anyway, and when I off­loaded them in my pound, Mattison showed up and removed the cattle.”

Mattison was reluctant to comment, but said he did not have issues with Ndlovu.

“I had offered to mentor him on running a pound, but he declined and that was that.”

It has also emerged that Ndlovu is facing charges of stock theft and will appear in court today.

He allegedly sold a stolen cow to a family who were going to use the animal for a ritual, but were stopped by the police after a tip-off.

The receipt produced by the buyer showed they had bought the cow from Ndlovu.

Colonel Freddie van Tonder of the stock theft unit said he had given the order to remove the cows from Ndlovu’s pound because they were exhibits that he was responsible for and the pound did not meet even the minimum requirements of the Pound Act.

“The first problem is that he is not registered with the SAPF database as a service provider, which means we cannot use him because who is going to pay him? Also, the law requires that, when impounding, the cattle should be kept in a secure area and his pound does not meet the requirement.”

 

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