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Law Enforcement, City of Cape Town: What Should We do?

06 February 2014, 14:44

In March 2013, I have lodged a complaint to the City of Cape Town regarding tick infestation in my middle-class suburban area (Eerste River). My reference number for this case is 100 482 91 58.

I have been living here for over 2 decades and never before has this place been invaded by thousands of tiny parasites that can cause grave illness and even result in death.

As from 2010, we’ve noticed a herd of cows walk down our neighbourhood streets. On occasion they are accompanied by a herder.

You see, ticks brought about via cattle. These cows walk around, scratch off the ticks on our trees (they do this often against my trees) then these parasites fall off and make their way into our backyards and eventually our homes. Those flat red/brown ones are transported via wind.

I do not dare open my bedroom window as there are literally hundreds of ticks outside of it. They crawl into our homes and into our beds. I personally have been bitten once or twice but a week of nausea, dizziness and diarrhoea then I’m fine. Others aren’t so lucky:

Inspectors came to our house as promised and we were given a number to dial when we see the herd again. The number we were given doesn’t seem to work and neighbours say the same.

I have lost 3 dogs in the space of a month and as I write this, I have just said goodbye to the 4th and final of my pack. We have always had dogs as family members for as long as I can remember and never before have we seen a plague of this multitude. Our local supermarkets often run out of dog dip.

To have these unhealthy, skinny cattle walk down our suburban streets and bring such disease and horror into our homes is wrong and a disgrace.

Why can't these farm animals be regularly checked for any health issues etc by the SPCA? Disease for our animals can mean disease for us.

We were told to dial the number and Law Enforcement will chase them away and eventually confiscate the cows. Well.....these cows are still here... So someone isn’t trying hard enough.

When you want to cure a disease, you have to get to the root cause. Spraying dip and sea salt water isn’t the solution to the tick problem – getting rid of these ill-kept cows is. Or should 20 people be hospitalised with Congo/Tick fever?

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