Crocodiles on the loose in Limpopo

2013-01-24 09:03

Polokwane - About 15 000 crocodiles escaped from the Rakwena crocodile farm near Pontdrif after the Limpopo River came down in flood on Sunday evening.

Zane Langman, the son-in-law of the crocodile farm’s owner, said a couple of thousand had been recaptured in the dense bush next to the river, but more than half were still missing, reported Beeld.

They were forced to open the crocodile farm's gates, out of fear that the force of the water would crush walls.

“There used to be only a few crocodiles in the Limpopo River. Now there are a lot,” said Langman.

“We go to catch them as soon as farmers call us to inform us about crocodiles.”

Crocodile catching was apparently easier at night as their eyes shone red in the dark.

Homes on the farm and surrounding area had been evacuated and possessions carried out as water flooded the region.

Langman told how he went to rescue friends in a flooded house in the area by boat on Sunday.

“You want to get them but you wonder the whole time if you’ll make it there. When we reached them, the crocodiles were swimming around them. Praise the Lord, they were all alive.”

  • tebo.go.5 - 2013-01-24 09:07

    lmfao, eish im sorry but this ish is funny

      ismaeel.majiet.96 - 2013-01-24 09:31

      LOL, hope nobody gets hurt and that no crocodiles get injured during the process as well...

      adrien.mcguire - 2013-01-24 10:02

      Now is the time to snap up a bargain handbag and shoes !

      preshen.govender.12382 - 2013-01-24 14:10

      genuine Lacoste

      larry.hannigan.31 - 2013-01-24 16:26

      Think about this for a second... The >7,500 crocodiles that are still missing will probably cause LESS damage and destruction than the current strikers in the Free-State and North West?

      gary.landman - 2013-01-24 16:53

      Not true, I have shot a lot of crocs, and not one was wearing crocodile shoes.

      ann.ornelas - 2013-01-24 17:35

      LMAO Tebo I agree and @ Preshen you always crack me up....

      yaya188 - 2013-01-25 00:36

      I must agree. The headlines are deceiving.....when I saw it, I thought..."oh are the ANC having another conference"?

      john.kirkwood.9619 - 2013-01-25 08:47

      border guards, as the sandf are to useless to do it,

      pierre.devilliers.9231 - 2013-01-25 11:02

      I am slightly on the side of the crocodiles. Hope they enjoy their freedom. (For the snotty commentators; there are crocodiles in the Limpopo anyway. Swimming there is not recommended at the best of times.)

      StopMoaning - 2013-01-25 12:31

      Your people don't have to worry. Crocs are fussy what they eat.

  • hein.huyser - 2013-01-24 09:07

    Not too worry, they will end up on some dinner table long before they reach the ocean;-)

      sepcebekhulu - 2013-01-24 10:39

      South Africa?ocean?crocodile?unless we are sure that they are salties of which I'm 99% certain they aren't....isolated incidents I agree but,still shaking my head

      conradiedaniel - 2013-01-25 09:34

      @sepcebekhulu Rivers have the tendency to flow out into the ocean.

  • daniel.motlhatlhedi - 2013-01-24 09:09

    Jah neh Limpopo le dikwena.

      StopMoaning - 2013-01-25 12:32

      Your people don't have to worry. Crocs are fussy what they eat.

  • jackal666.daniel - 2013-01-24 09:10


  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2013-01-24 09:13

    Poor Limpopo. They have to deal with: - Corruption and non-delivery of services - Non-delivery of textbooks - Julius Malema and his cohorts - Illegal foreigners crossing to SA - Raging floods - Witchcraft - And now crocodiles?

      kalabafazi - 2013-01-24 10:03

      Crocodile politicians have been on the loose in Limpopo for a long time. They lurk just below the surface and steal when you least expect it.

      kalabafazi - 2013-01-24 10:21

      @ buti - Hahhahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

      janet.odendaal - 2013-01-24 10:28

      I think border crossings might slow down a bit nom nom nom

      Omnivore - 2013-01-24 10:30

      @ buti - Well he wasn't blaming the government either. It's called a sense of humour.

  • ayencee.dicks - 2013-01-24 09:28

    PLEASE EAT the waste of an oxygen parasite juliasss malema!

      kalabafazi - 2013-01-24 10:22

      Even crocs have a sense of taste.

  • ready2go - 2013-01-24 09:32

    “There used to be only a few crocodiles in the Limpopo River. Now there are a lot,” - Thats pretty funny! 15 000 seems to be a hell of a lot!

  • thulanekhanye - 2013-01-24 09:32

    This is scary, 15000 is an army, a Battallion of Crocodiles, just hope the kids in those villages will be extra careful

      makhosonke.mqikela - 2013-01-24 10:17

      QUOTE: Are you scared? You're on scare tactics'

      StopMoaning - 2013-01-25 12:33

      Your people don't have to worry. Crocs are fussy what they eat.

  • embarrassedtobeblack.margret - 2013-01-24 09:41

    they looking for text books

      ann.mathews.712 - 2013-01-25 08:19

      Not looking for textbooks; there are none here in Lim! The zoomadiles and croculiuses have finished raping Limpopo and are now swimming off to neighbouring provinces to loot them dry too.

  • maggie.shai.9 - 2013-01-24 09:55

    See the positive.... Better border control!!!!

      buti.thekiso.5 - 2013-01-24 10:09

      Mark scott crossley Y dnt u immigrate

  • ntokozo.bryne - 2013-01-24 10:02

    Catch those crocs b4 there coz havoc

  • niki.wessels - 2013-01-24 10:07

    Hmm, once I travelled at nighttime on an open vehicle in Botswana. It was just after heavy rains. I implored the driver to stop so that I could answer the call of nature. Without a word he waved his flashlight around... There were at least three crocs walking around the vehicle on dry land. Needless to say, I did not insist.

  • makhosonke.mqikela - 2013-01-24 10:08

    Apart from this croc story, Limpopo is getting negative reporting since the couple of months ago... Aren't there good stories to tell?

      phillip.beukes.5 - 2013-01-24 12:51

      Yes... Julius is no longer leader of the ANCYL.....

  • mosima.mphela - 2013-01-24 10:21

    Heheeeeeeeeeeeee crocodiles

      StopMoaning - 2013-01-25 12:34

      Your people don't have to worry. Crocs are fussy what they eat.

  • yondela.valela - 2013-01-24 10:24

    Typical: don't worry ANC will deploy some cadres to address the matter and set a probe why the gate was opened? and acquire a statement from the person counted crocodiles before floods......

  • magomarele - 2013-01-24 10:26

    What's wrong with Limpopo? Even Crocodiles run away from that province. They also want their share of corruption money that Malema and Mathale are flaunting around.

  • sarah.bouttell - 2013-01-24 10:28

    I would suggest, the crocs are less dangerous than some of the locals in the area. A certain cabbage farmer might make a decent meal, quick, someone strap some bacon to his chubby arse.

      phae.rayden - 2013-01-24 10:40


  • phae.rayden - 2013-01-24 10:43

    Yay freedom, swim crocs swim! You won't be used for disgusting shoes, belts and bags.

  • rudi.debeer.5 - 2013-01-24 10:44

    Great plan sop illegal immegrations from Zim.

      rudi.debeer.5 - 2013-01-24 10:48

      Sorry stop. Could possibly keep Rhino poachers at bay.

      buti.thekiso.5 - 2013-01-24 12:20

      Rudi a rhino its jst an animal nt human,u value a rhino dn a human lyk u?

  • thabelo.ramabannda - 2013-01-24 11:09

    after reading this story I just laugh

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2013-01-24 11:11

    Any one needs Crocodile Dundee's(Paul Hogan) telephone number????

  • pgibbings1 - 2013-01-24 11:18

    who keeps 15000 crocodiles?

      Deon - 2013-01-24 14:11

      They are farming with crocs and probably don't have much problems with stock theft.

  • keba.mothoagae - 2013-01-24 11:20

    In the famous words used in the Jackass movies: There aren't many ways that this could end well. Expect croc attacks like it's going out of fashion. Ironic, as their skin is pretty much in fashion.

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      clevenel.trollip - 2013-01-24 12:29

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  • vanessa.luckhoff - 2013-01-24 11:44

    Feed buti to the crocodiles...

      buti.thekiso.5 - 2013-01-24 12:15

      Yo father taught u well

  • simphiwe.charlie.5 - 2013-01-24 12:24

    Great news! I bet they are one happy bunch of crocoadiles now that they are free.

  • joel.malete - 2013-01-24 12:45

    Fellow South Africans, can't we stop attacking each other racially? Floods affected us all, blacks in the villages and farmers alike,when we all die, are we not going underground? except those who decides to be cremated, but the fact remains, we all DIE!!! lets focus on problems on hand,LOVE covers all!!

  • tbmarcussen - 2013-01-24 13:10

    Free the animals and move away from the river. Freedom

  • DaWyqydLyzyrd - 2013-01-24 13:33

    @ clevenel.trollip - noted :)

  • jill.mckie.9 - 2013-01-24 13:37

    Hope the crocs get their owners, they tired of life on top of each other on cement slab waiting to be skinned

  • rixile.brilliant - 2013-01-24 13:54

    just saw 1

      rodney.louis.7 - 2013-01-24 16:11

      if anyone is in limpopo area please upload some pics of crocs in river

  • Jaz - 2013-01-24 14:47

    It happened in Mossel Bay as well. They've been in the Little Brak River for the past few years already. Nobody has the slightest idea of many crocs there are at this stage, but there are younglings, which would indicate breeding - in other words there are some out there that have reached sexual maturity - which means big - which means big teeth... There is also the danger that they might spread into nearby river systems as they can obviously cross by land and the Hartenbos and Great Brak Rivers are in close proximity. Very little is done to warn holiday goers of the danger. I see people swimming in the river every day.

  • cassie.barns.5 - 2013-01-24 15:17

    Hope they are hungry!!!!!! Bwahahahahaa!!!

  • pitso.dlungwana - 2013-01-24 16:36

    someone must show those crocodile a way to Mr Malema House.

  • zmasemola1 - 2013-01-24 17:02

    I saw 1 on the N4 in Mpumalanga.

  • cindy.wrathex.ruthven - 2013-01-24 18:01

    So many excellent jokes, I laughed so hard, my jaw locked into the grinning crocodile posture.

  • fanie.gerber1972 - 2013-01-24 18:48

    Leave them - will make our border with zim safer

      qolani.masilela - 2013-01-25 07:11

      15 000 Crocodiles on the loose in limpopo- a lot of people suggest that they must leave the crocodiles so that they can control the border between limpopo and zimbabwe what do you ?

  • frank.meekings - 2013-01-24 19:08

    This makes for a better system of border control and it does not cost us taxpayers anything. It would go a long way to correct the eco system as well. I say leave them there.

  • louis.scholtz1 - 2013-01-24 23:10

    That's awesome!!! Maybe they can thin out the herd...

  • letshego.seane - 2013-01-24 23:27

    “There used to be only a few crocodiles in the Limpopo River. Now there are a lot,” said Langman. talk about pointing out the obvious.. 15000 boet!!!

  • nditsheni.makhado - 2013-01-24 23:49


  • jerome.main.9 - 2013-01-25 07:12

    I hope they eat Ju Ju

  • Piet_Hannibol - 2013-01-25 08:28

    Crocs in the wild? Outsmarting humans? I love this!

  • Lucianpowerz - 2013-01-25 09:23

    I'm sure Schofield and the rest of the crocodiles have been planning this escape for weeks

  • alain.d.thomas - 2013-01-25 10:02

    I can picture Ministers saying: "We will launch a probe to find out where does this water and crocodiles come from."

  • oscar.twentytwo - 2013-01-25 10:12

    I think LACOSTE should subsidise a recapture program...

  • JuliusYouPrick - 2013-01-25 10:56


  • mlungisi.botha - 2013-01-25 11:02

    Well, if the owners were forced to open the gates and let them loose why say they escaped?

  • simon.smith.3150807 - 2013-01-25 11:48

    mmmm Perhaps a decline in illegal entry from Zimbabwe for a while!!! What a good idea fro border control!!!

  • johan.smit.71066 - 2013-01-25 11:53

    Nature was just restocking the river. 15000 sounds like a lot. Is there a tag on every crock? How do we know that they are not going to catch the real wild crocks?