Real zebra crossing on N3 highway

Chelsea Pieterse, The Witness

Pietermaritzburg - A zebra stopped traffic as he sauntered onto the N3 highway on Monday morning.

Oblivious to the commotion he was causing, the young zebra stallion casually walked up Townhill’s south-bound carriageway as cars weaved around him, while others actually stopped to watch the animal.

Monzali Estate foreman Sbusiso Gwamanda said he stood at the entrance to the estate, just off the N3, laughing in disbelief as traffic officers, FreeMe and estate staff tried to lead the creature into the estate.

Minding his own business

“I have never seen anything like it before. The zebra was just minding his own business. He was not scared,” he said.

Gwamanda said the estate manager had called him earlier to open the gate, because some people wanted to bring a zebra into the property.

He opened the gate and the zebra ambled in without any trouble or aggression.

Estate owner Rob Alexander said he had not seen the zebra, but knew he was somewhere on the property.

“I don’t know what to do with the zebra. I don’t know where it comes from or who it belongs to,” the bemused Alexander said.

Alexander would wait a few days before making calls to find out where the zebra came from.

Lead to estate

FreeMe manager Roz Marais said she received a call at 06:30 from someone who had seen the zebra walking around on the freeway.

Marais said FreeMe called the N3 Toll Concession and, together with staff from the estate, they were able to quietly lead the zebra to the estate on the opposite side of the road.

Speculation was the zebra came from the Queen Elizabeth Park.

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife communications manager Musa Mntambo confirmed the park kept zebras, but was unaware of any that had gone missing. “I am not aware of any missing zebras. There might be one missing, but nobody has let me know,” said Mntambo.

When The Witness arrived at the estate on Monday, the zebra stallion was happily munching a patch of lush grass, seemingly quite at home.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
What are your thoughts on the possibility of having permanent Stage 2 or 3 load shedding?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
I'll take that over constant schedule changes
13% - 1282 votes
Why are we normalising Eskom’s mess?
72% - 7169 votes
I've already found alternative ways of powering my home/business
15% - 1489 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
17.08
-0.2%
Rand - Pound
20.91
+0.9%
Rand - Euro
18.65
+0.5%
Rand - Aus dollar
12.10
+0.6%
Rand - Yen
0.13
-0.4%
Platinum
1,020.69
+0.9%
Palladium
1,651.58
-1.1%
Gold
1,912.75
-1.9%
Silver
23.45
-2.2%
Brent Crude
82.84
-3.2%
Top 40
73,629
-0.1%
All Share
79,802
-0.0%
Resource 10
74,686
-0.6%
Industrial 25
102,624
+0.1%
Financial 15
16,551
-0.0%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE