SPCA takes on Mpumalanga mine

2013-04-05 22:12
(Picture: SPCA)

(Picture: SPCA)

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

Johannesburg - The Mpumalanga SPCA has laid charges of animal cruelty against the owners of a coal mine and a farm near Middelburg, the SPCA said on Friday.

The organisation has had to put down fish and birds affected by water from Optimum Coal's mine, Middelburg SPCA manager Petro Oosthuizen said in a statement.

"[Previous] investigations confirmed that the deaths of thousands of fish and the secondary poisoning of birds resulted from contaminated water being pumped into the dam by the mine.

"There were thousands of dead fish and large numbers in the throes of death whose suffering was mercifully ended."

The SPCA had to obtain a warrant to get access to the Eikeboom pan, which is on privately-owned land, when they were denied entry on 7 March.

"It is evident that the mine had both the technical knowledge as well as the means to prevent this from occurring, instead they chose to try and prevent us from assisting dying animals," Oosthuizen said.

She said Optimum Coal used the Eikeboom pan for discharging mine water and had done so for over 15 years.

Middelburg police could not immediately be reached for comment.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.


WATCH: Man films himself going down water slide upside down as things go very wrong…

What is at first an exciting tummy-turning adventure stunt, quickly turns into a scarily bad idea caught on camera. Take a look:


You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Conor McGregor: Notorious the trailer
Best date night restaurants in South Africa
WATCH: Ryan Reynolds offers fans a free tattoo in new Deadpool 2 teaser
Should you date your co-worker?
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


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.


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.