New Council tackles scourge of stray animals

2016-10-20 06:00

MOTORISTS, home-owners and town’s people uttered a collective sigh of relief when the new municipal council issued a stern warning to owners to keep their roaming livestock under control.

Animals will be impounded if they are left to wander unattended on public roads.

Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen says that drifting animals are a threat to public safety, and residents have highlighted the issue as a matter of concern.

“Our new Social Services Portfolio Councillor, Danny Benson, has been leading investigations to find a lasting solution,” the mayor states.

“He has already engaged with role-players, such as livestock-owners, in order to gain a better understanding of the challenges involved, and is working closely with the municipality’s law enforcement unit to identify and implement solutions.”

Van Lingen says that one of the challenges identified, was that calves were easily available for purchase.

“This means that when animals are impounded, livestock-owners simply buy new calves since it is cheaper than paying the fine and transporting their confiscated cattle from the pound at Loerie. If we are to stop this process, we need the support of the wider farming community. We will engage them as well.

According to Van Lingen, “the municipality had no truck and trailer available for regular sweep-up operations, but an interim arrangement will be made, while the acquisition of such a vehicle will be addressed as part of the developing five-year fleet replacement plan.

The keeping of livestock is subject to municipal by-laws, such as the Road and Traffic By-Law and Prevention of Public Nuisance and Keeping of Animals By-Law. In terms of municipal notice 109/2016, published on October 13, livestock-owners have been granted seven days to comply with the by-laws, failing which their animals will be impounded.

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