Large rats terrorising Cape Town community

2013-03-27 11:29

(Shutterstock)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - Large rats that attack in packs are terrorising residents of a Cape Town hostel, the Cape Argus reported on Wednesday.

Lundi Galanda, of the Dura Hostel in Langa, told the newspaper they could hear rats scratching their front door at night.

"Their eyes are lit up like the headlights of a car. They are like vampires because they only come out at night. They have eaten their way through the metal door... there is nothing they won't get through," she said.

The rats had apparently gnawed their way through peanut butter lids and plastic containers. Galanda shared the hostel with seven other families and it was packed with furniture, a stove, pots, and clothes.

Community leader Eunice Phatiwe, 65, has lived in the hostel for 40 years.

"The rat problem has got worse over the years and they are not scared of us. They attack around 20:00. When we sleep we cover ourselves with blankets, even in summer," Phatiwe said.

"They bite us in the face, head and feet... They know what they want and where they are going... they walk with a purpose like humans."

The city recently announced that R530 843 had been budgeted for rat poisons. This followed a recent tweet from provincial Premier Helen Zille, who told her followers a rat bit her toe in her garden.

Read more on:    cape town  |  health and safety  |  animals

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
77 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/Food
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Your ruling planet Saturn has finished its retrograde journey and is starting to move direct again. This signifies a positive...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.