Animals starve on govt-owned farm

2012-08-31 10:36

Johannesburg - Around 48 pregnant Drakensberger cows were left to starve to death during the past month at the Mpumalanga government's farm Athole, near Ermelo, Beeld reported on Friday.

The animals were part of a herd of stud cattle on the farm, which has been set aside for developing farmers.

Members of the police's cattle theft unit, and the SPCA arrived on the farm on Thursday after they had been informed about the neglected animals.

Within viewing distance of the farm's offices and living quarters, there were five rotting carcasses on the ground, while at another location, several cows had become mired in a swampy area and been left to die.

"It was horrific to see. The animals must have suffered enormously before they died," an anonymous witness told Beeld.

When workers were questioned, they said they had tried in vain several times to speak to the farm's managers about the lack of cattle feed.

A large portion of the budget for the government farm, situated between Ermelo and Amsterdam, was allegedly used for the World Cup Soccer tournament in 2010, it was reported.

Bheki Nyathikazi, spokesperson for the provincial department of agriculture, told the paper on Thursday night that he had not been aware of the problem.

"The department will investigate," he said.

  • Hemlock - 2012-08-31 10:42

    Cruel bastards....poor animals must have suffered badly.This is so disgusting!!!! I hope the SPCA kicks their asses good and solid.

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-08-31 10:51

      Agree, I have to say I rest my case! Look who owned the farms!!!

      paul.coetzee1 - 2012-08-31 10:51

      @ Hemlock. Our Prez will soon be out of a job. As he has vast experience in goat herding perhaps he can look after the cows. When they are healthy again he will have lobola for Africa.

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-08-31 10:52

      Animal or person the ANC doesn't give a flying poo about you!

      Hemlock - 2012-08-31 10:54

      @paul.coetzee1..... Our prez is a bloody GOAT! The sooner he is out of work, the better for the nation.

      rudi.wet.5 - 2012-08-31 10:54

      Even animals look after their own. You can't even insult these @$$holes by calling them animals. They are worse than that. I have a word for them but I fear I might be in trouble for using it on this forum...

      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-08-31 10:54

      This is the future for SA when white farmers are forced off their land to make way for inexperienced black farmers! Can you see this ANC???

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-08-31 11:04

      This is shocking! However if they treat people with no regard for life-cant expect them to care about animals! Best of all,nobody is ever"aware" of the situaton. Sick excuses! I just hope there is justice! Savage behaviour!

      chris.novak.9235 - 2012-08-31 11:05

      "When workers were questioned, they said they had tried in vain several times to speak to the farm's managers about the lack of cattle feed". So, there is grass all over the farm and you lazy gits could not be bothered to take your two sticks called legs and go get them some grass to eat. Sad F**ks...

      chris.novak.9235 - 2012-08-31 11:07

      Where the anc trolls now?

      john.pope.75491 - 2012-08-31 11:10

      That is how the ANC treat their animals, much like they treat their citizens, unless of course they were in the struggle, or on the Island, gutless comrades...I HATE THEM STUKKENT..!!

      john.jack.1612147 - 2012-08-31 11:20

      Zuma could have used these cows as labola for his next wife

      john.turner.58760608 - 2012-08-31 11:23

      Clifford, you are a moron. if these idiots cannot look after cattle what are you going to eat? The fodder that should have been fed to these poor animals?

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-08-31 11:24

      Clifford you are a f*cking moron What would any of us be without animals? Do they not provide you and your family with food? If you can't even look after the animals, how can you be expected to look after yourselves and others?

      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-08-31 11:24

      @ clifford.sithole.5 - It's called being human and having compassion... Don't be a d!ck please cause you sound like a troll now!

      frank.vankaapstad - 2012-08-31 11:28

      I wonder what Juju will have to say about this? He is all in favour of taking land and giving it to incompetents, right? Another shining example of "our" Government's policies working..

      chris.novak.9235 - 2012-08-31 11:31

      And you a nurse clifford. Make sure I don't set foot anywhere in that hospital of yours. You probaly starve your patients as well idiot!

      shelley.vorster.9 - 2012-08-31 11:36

      Cliford - you are an idiot - without these cattle how will you feed the nation? we dont live on PAP ONLY as WE KNOW that is not substantial.

      moi.carla.1980 - 2012-08-31 11:42

      @clifford "There are black people dying in this country on a daily basis " You think it's bad now, just let the cows that we worry about so much carry on dying, then you'll see how many more people will die daily.

      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-08-31 12:01

      @ chris.novak.9235 - I haven't had such a good laugh in a long time! Tune the bastard yes! LOL! Chris must be rolling in his grave! LOL! x10

      riette.nothling - 2012-08-31 12:52

      @ clifford, it's uneducated comments like yours that gets to me! You starve the animals that feeds you, you starve the people. Okay, it's basic food security and basic common sense! Now, the black people dying daily is in the same hands as these animals, YOUR government's, so whine to them, but it's not like they care anyway.

      koos.meyer.52 - 2012-09-01 16:54

      Useless corrupt ANC at their best...

      alf.pop - 2012-09-04 07:56

      The farm manager is probably a trusty cadre, who has no clue about farming! He must face the law and be locked up for cruelty to animals. Typical ANC: Cattle who are useful are left to starve, while useleass ministers, presidential spouses and family members are putting on the kilos at alarming rates! Put them all on a zero diet for six months! Whoever survives gets a gold star!

  • - 2012-08-31 10:43

    if this is what happens on governement owned farms....mmmm...what wil happen on (if) "the government owned mines"?

      spartanx93 - 2012-08-31 10:45

      or banks..... - 2012-08-31 10:52

      I don't think the govt is fit to manage a sewerage farm...

      rudi.wet.5 - 2012-08-31 10:56

      @eduard - Just look at Education, Health and all the other government institutions and you will have your answer...

      kala.bafazi - 2012-08-31 11:02

      The anc are a well run farm of ostriches. They never seem to be aware of any problems because the heads are buried in the sand.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-08-31 11:53

      buzz, there is plenty of evidence country wide that they can't manage sewerage farms - so you don't need to think, it's true.

      gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-08-31 12:07

      It's the measure of a man, Clifford, how he treats helpless animals and those weaker than himself. There is no excuse for letting defenceless animals starve, period.

      mo.matt.14 - 2012-08-31 12:48

      "Give us land. Give back the "stolen" land" they shout. And this is what they do with it! Land does not make you rich if you are too lazy to work. So go ahead, take farmers land, nationalise the mines, the banks, everything you can get your filthy hands on, and sentence your people to die of poverty and starvation the way you did these poor creatures.

      riette.nothling - 2012-08-31 12:55

      @ buzz, they have already proven they can't even run sewerage works, the sh*z is everywhere but where it should be...

      koos.meyer.52 - 2012-09-01 17:01

      They can't even deliver textbooks, never mind run(they could ruin) a bank or mine. Amazes me that everyone forgets that the Govt owns 28% of every Co in SA, it's called Company Income Tax. If they destroy all these businesses they will lose all the 28% of profits the now collect. Add dividend tax and the figure of 28 is even higher!!

      sheik.mohammad.378 - 2012-09-02 01:52

      We'll stave.

  • spartanx93 - 2012-08-31 10:45

    ANC can not operate anything correctly!

      martin.britchford.9 - 2012-08-31 11:20

      they can operate a criminal syndicate pretty well

  • Jacques - 2012-08-31 10:45

    I shudder...

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-08-31 10:45

    I hope that the management will be arrested, the ANC must stop messing around, enough is enough, text books, Aurora, Lonmin, hospitals and nobody is been arrested, is it because they are all family of ZUMA. The workers who allowed this to happen should also be arrested and charged for not reporting this sooner. SPCA should also be allowed to visit state owned farms regularly.

      chad.d.tugwell - 2012-08-31 10:59

      Why should the spca be responsible for cleaning up the governments mess.

      kala.bafazi - 2012-08-31 11:13

      Because our government has no sense of responsability at all.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-08-31 11:25

      The farm managers and those responsible should be charged with animal cruelty. That law is in place for a reason.

  • werner.niksch - 2012-08-31 10:46

    just shows our government cant even look after their own animals.....

      spartanx93 - 2012-08-31 10:52

      its a shame we cannot move the ANC to a farm and let them starve to death!

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-08-31 11:26

      Is it not a metaphor for how the ANC government views their followers? They do not care if they don't have shelter or starve to death, so why is anyone surprised?

  • thabojames.mohanoe - 2012-08-31 10:48

    wow, nt only people are left to suffer by the goverment we voted, this govement is no use to SA,so voters lets hav a change 4 once, Vote DA n see lots of changes.

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-08-31 10:52

      Excellent comment thabojames!!! DA DA DA the only solution!

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-08-31 10:52

      Well said Thabo.

      gavin.lott.9 - 2012-08-31 10:53


      michael.vanrheenen.9 - 2012-08-31 10:55

      ANC = poverty! DA = Better future for ALL!

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-08-31 11:01

      Well said thabo, the DA can only do better than this disgusting government, we are all hoping enough people see sense come 2014, the ANC is not an option for the people of this country.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-08-31 11:28

      True! And if the DA does a sh*t job, the next elections, the people must vote for someone else. Easy. I'm guessing the DA would do an awesome job though, like they are in CT. Things aren't perfect, but they are much better than elsewhere in the country.

      fanie.brink.5 - 2012-08-31 12:07

      No the DA will become a second ANC!!!!!

  • MagdaKus - 2012-08-31 10:48

    Absolutely shocking! People who knew about this and did nothing should be whipped at the very least!!!

  • roelfensusanne.mare - 2012-08-31 10:50

    The ANC goverment and its people mustnt own anything because everything falls apart!!

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-31 10:51

    Looks like the ANC Govt doesnt even care about its own cows, never mind its own black people, this is the NEW ANC, bunch of primitive, corrupt, selfish, barstards

  • pierre.flyadvertising - 2012-08-31 10:51

    Econmic freedom.eisch,why must we feed the cows?let the settler feed them.we want the land and er..the cows that are juju

  • Tiaan Liebenberg - 2012-08-31 10:51

    The cANCer don't value human life - why would they value livestock. JZ's genitals are more important

  • Jacques - 2012-08-31 10:51

    But look on the bright side- at least somewhere there's a failed farmer with his troop of squatters who got their land back from us evil whites. Viva the movement. Viva Malema! THIS is teaching us whites ey?

  • jennifer.d.martin.750 - 2012-08-31 10:52

    but they had a great party they had their fun an that's all that matters same as maswati and bob if people vote anc they will get the same treatment. TIME FOR A CHANGE the ANC lies.

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-31 10:54

    next thing we will see Malema trying to start a revolution with the poor starving cow masses against the evil enemy (basically just useless) ANC Govt, promising greener grass on the other side of the fence, lol

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-08-31 10:56

    It takes a farmer to own a farm!

  • don.richards.1044 - 2012-08-31 10:57

    Well done have perfectly displayed why your plans for land reform are a failure and will result in poverty.......what a bunch of incompetent idiots

  • klaas.waarzegger.7 - 2012-08-31 10:57

    A person's character can be judged on they way he treats animals. These people have not even reached the Hunter, gatherer stage of civilization.

  • jan.vermaak.7 - 2012-08-31 10:59

    The ANC is unable of managing anything except their own back pockets - there is no proper governance left in this country. Shame on you Zuma - as leader you should be more that just ashamed - you should resign !!!!

  • Tiaan Liebenberg - 2012-08-31 11:01

    Where are the die-hard cANCer supporters that will defend their actions to the last minute? Speak up, we can't hear you

      koos.meyer.52 - 2012-09-01 17:07

      They only operate during business hours when they should be working!! Did anybody hear that Susan Shabangu spent 4 of the 5 days at the international mining convention in Australia shopping and messing around, of course using the Govt credit card! They say her speech was an embarresment.

  • jarryde.meikle - 2012-08-31 11:01

    it just shows. they look after their animals the same way they look after their people

      martin.britchford.9 - 2012-08-31 11:33

      hahah at least the animals had land, they just leave their people starving in the street

  • JManAtheoi - 2012-08-31 11:01

    Land distribution at its best.

  • karl.vanrooyen - 2012-08-31 11:05 can these people allow such a thing before their very eyes .heartless SOBs.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-31 11:06

    Am absolute disgrace. Why is this government still in power? No respect for anything, human or animal.

  • lynn.murray.378 - 2012-08-31 11:08

    Bastards have not no respect for anything

  • chris.lang.581 - 2012-08-31 11:08

    These are the people in government, running the country, running our lives.....ruining the country and ruining our lives!

  • pieter.walt.5 - 2012-08-31 11:08

    The Government officials involved is more interested in parties and "meetings" that is only talk and no action; instead of working and taking responsibility. The people responsible should be fired. This is gross neglect and disgusting!!

  • jason.slabber.3 - 2012-08-31 11:09


  • Provence - 2012-08-31 11:10

    Eish.....Malema wants all the farms but the useless ANC government can't look after 48 cows!!!!!

  • hsebolelo - 2012-08-31 11:11

    Investigate, Reali

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-08-31 11:30

      Investigate, and prosecute!

  • jacqueline.benjamin.52 - 2012-08-31 11:11

    The government must be charged for this. Maybe this will lead to the government being investigated for wasting tax payer’s money with all the live stock, medication and implements standing on various locations, either rusting (TLBs tractors, you name it), dips and medicine expiring , and now sadly cattle dying. Yearly the government buys millions and millions rands on tender and it all goes to waste. This is a fact.

  • justin.pretorius - 2012-08-31 11:11

    Once again a brilliant display of failure by the most corrupt regime we have ever had. If you can't take care of animals how are you going to run a national health system.....WAIT!!! BLAME APARTHEID!!!!

  • Matthew - 2012-08-31 11:11

    SPCA vs ANC? yeah right. This is disgusting!!! but hey,lets all give up our land so this can happen everywhere. Cruel,selfish and disgusting!!! i hope there is servere consequences for this!!!

  • vanessa.rossouw1 - 2012-08-31 11:13

    This is what you get when incompetent people are are given a job they have no ***** clue about! Argggh!!

  • Sedeshan Naidoo - 2012-08-31 11:14

    oh ja, but they want the land and the farms - nice results here ANC.

  • ivan.frantz.3 - 2012-08-31 11:15

    Once again mismanagement by government subjects is the benchmark of the cANCer ! Poor animals ... How pathetic !

  • frederick.frier - 2012-08-31 11:17

    Incompetant BASTARDS!!!!!!!!!!They are never aware on anything, and what do they want to investigate now. Is it not clear that the animals died as there was no feed........

  • tshiamo.stevens - 2012-08-31 11:18

    Does this portend the state of farming when land is redistributed to the "masses"? I fear!

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-08-31 11:33

      Huh? Anyway, 50% of the land in this country is owned by the government. So, instead of redistributing and spending money on buying other people's land, why don't they just distribute the land already in their possession? Oh, i forgot, they use this as propaganda.

  • shaylene.stenger - 2012-08-31 11:20

    This is exactly what will happen when they take more farms away from whites..... Poor animals!!!!!!! I feel sorry for them

  • ngoako.mathekga - 2012-08-31 11:21

    Budget is for 12 months and we have 24 months since world cup. Jerrr how could someone use such lame excuse?

      luke.dekoker - 2012-08-31 12:03

      ngoako.mathekga, I wish there are more anc voters who can Think like you, maybe then teir eyes will open and vote for the DA who can and will do better than this disgusting, incompetent, useless, corrupt, etc anc government, we are all hoping enough people see sense come 2014.

  • wesley.bischoff - 2012-08-31 11:22

    What sick as*holes!!!!! Well done government, you did an outstanding job. NOT!

  • brionyl.french - 2012-08-31 11:24


  • John Peter Steyn - 2012-08-31 11:25

    The useless bastards responsible for this should be made to repay the cost of these dead cattle.

  • francois.dewet - 2012-08-31 11:27

    Again, BEE / AA / LAND REDISTRIBUTION, EDUCATION, BASIC SERVICES and everything ever DEMANDED by the masses from 94 and granted, HAVE BEEN AND ALWAYS WILL BE AN EPIC FAILURE!!!! Even Mal Ema said that blacks were better off during apartheid!! lol

  • jan.human - 2012-08-31 11:27


  • sidney.gilroy - 2012-08-31 11:28

    Where`s Malema !? If he can "save" Aurora...he can save this too !!! He wants the mines. He wants the farms. Let him have it. We will buy it back for BUGGER-ALL in a decade or we are doing now in Zimbabwe.

  • apansari2325 - 2012-08-31 11:28

    This is what will happen to peoples in near future if they continue to kill farmers and give away farms for free to people who make them unproductive

  • apansari2325 - 2012-08-31 11:29

    This is what will happen to peoples in near future if they continue to kill farmers and give away farms for free to people who make them unproductive

  • gkleingeld - 2012-08-31 11:30

    And they want to do this nationally? What a poor state of affairs here in SA. What a waste, this is but a taste of what could happen if we allow these clueless ANC cronies control the farms of SA.

  • rickvcooper - 2012-08-31 11:32

    You are stinking filth, ANC government.