Tears over expensive donkeys at auction

2012-11-08 10:37

Johannesburg - Two Louis Trichardt residents who have cared for stray donkeys at the municipal pound for the past two months, burst into tears at an auction when they realised they did not have enough money to buy all the animals, it was reported on Thursday.

Esme Mostert and Helena van den Heever told Beeld on Wednesday that they had thought the donkeys would be sold at lower prices.

Some of the animals were sold for R1 600 each, although donkeys usually cost around R200 in informal settlements.

Bidding on Wednesday started at R300 per animal.

"When I realised I didn't have enough money to buy them all, I burst into tears," Mostert said.

Beeld reported that the two women had provided water, hay and carrots for 37 donkeys because the Makhado municipality was prepared to give the animals only two bales of hay a day.

At the auction, Mostert and her friends bought nine of 35 donkeys, for around R6 000.

She said she paid R775 for Halfoor (Half Ear) and R400 for Oupa (Grandfather).

"He's old and so loving. Now he has a good home until the end of his days.

The other seven donkeys were distributed among like-minded friends who live on smallholdings outside the town.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-08 10:45

    Bless them, these angels who care. May the other ones find good homes too.

      dino.martin.549 - 2012-11-08 11:08

      Agree. Really hope they find good homes.

  • lorna.m.eaton - 2012-11-08 11:25

    The value of the care (food and transport) that these people provided to the pound should be automatically added to their bid on the animals, to compensate them and give them a realistic chance to buy them. I hope the rest of the poor creatures didn't go back into the horrid situation they escaped from in the first place.

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-11-08 11:34

    Oh shame, if I had known this story I would have given them the money. SPCA etc and Hospice are the two charities I suport. Shame.

      dave.elmore.5 - 2012-11-08 12:20

      Well, Im sure News24 would be able to get hold of these ladies contact details for you?

  • Msika - 2012-11-08 11:38

    Donkeys are sooo dumb and useless, R300 per donkey proves my point. They are however better than most of the people posting on this forum.

      Doep100 - 2012-11-08 12:03

      Like you for example...

      charmaine.byron - 2012-11-08 12:06

      @msika... aren't you a prize ass??

      dave.elmore.5 - 2012-11-08 12:13

      Nice response Doep...10/10

      Antipoaching - 2012-11-08 12:46

      If donkeys are so useless why do so many township residents want them, Msika? Grahamstown is over-run by donkeys and their township owners create hell if any-one wants to take them away because the owners abuse them.... The only dumb and useless things are idiots like you and abusive donkey-cart drivers.....

      kala.bafazi - 2012-11-08 12:46

      Msika - Based on your assumptions I wouldn't pay R10 for you.

      misstee.langhein - 2012-11-08 13:11

      Msika, your a useless excuse for a human being, no animal is useless, i have more respect for animals than i do for most "humans"

      olivia.duplessis.1 - 2012-11-08 13:40

      Really Msika. Then you have no idea. Donkeys have got a high intelligence according to scientific studies. You are posting on this forum to, so I wonder if this includes you? Wake-up I'd rather pay R300 for a donkey than have a conversation with an ignorant person.

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-11-08 14:32

    Leka one doep hehehe

  • virginia.greenwoodwarner - 2012-11-08 15:00

    Oh ladies - thank you for caring sooo much - my heart goes out to you. We can only but hope the other find great homes. Terribly sad though

  • firstseed.mbeva - 2012-11-08 15:38

    Let them call Cyril Ramaphosa for financial assistance.He nearly bought a buffalo for R18m

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