Woman spin-dries snake - report

2012-06-18 14:49

Johannesburg - A Zululand woman resorted to spin-drying a black mamba after she saw it inside her washing machine, The Citizen reported on Monday.

"I put the machine on spin-dry and waited," Margie Taylor told the publication.

"There was a lot of banging and clonking... when the machine stopped we opened the lid... [and] the snake was suspended over the detergent container, looking dazed and confused, but still alive."

She had first tried to contact her husband David and a local snake catcher, but was unsuccessful.

By the time the spin-dryer had stopped, her husband had arrived home.

He helped unplug the washing machine and take it outside.

The machine lid was opened and the snake was pulled out with a coat hanger. It was then shot by her son.

The incident happened last week at Taylor's property in Inyoka, about 14km outside Empangeni.

  • Tax - 2012-06-18 14:53

    Why kill it? Stupid people.

      Jared - 2012-06-18 14:55

      Agreed. No need. They could have tried calling many people. With the snake closed in the dryer it was no danger. I'd say this is cruelty to animals.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-06-18 14:58

      Yeah they could have just released it somewhere or called a animal handler.

      smiso.mkhonza.9 - 2012-06-18 15:11

      Yeah , but what if the snake killed her ?

      arthur.hugh - 2012-06-18 15:14

      It was in the washing machine so it couldn't get her, she could have called a snake handler.

      cliff.slabbert - 2012-06-18 15:26

      You obviously live in the city and know nothing about Black Mambas!

      Gestoffle - 2012-06-18 15:27

      I love animals, but not snakes....the only good snake is a dead one...sorry snake lovers, but i would not wait for that "slang" to sink his little fangs into me.

      sean.carbutt - 2012-06-18 15:35

      I don't agree with the killing of the snake, but: it is a Black Mamba and a Black Mamba can be a vicous snake, It is one of the few snakes in the world that will chase you. It's venom is neuro toxic and, well, if bitten, you have a couple of minutes to get to a doc.

      Advocatus.Diabolis - 2012-06-18 15:42

      Upon returning to our house after Christmas holiday,we opened all windows doors for fresh air and we found a snake nestled under a door way. We called our neighbours, who happen to like snakes so the safely took the snake and released it back into the wild. A few weeks later, the SAME snake was spotted INSIDE THE HOUSE, in the guest room, by our guest, in the middle of the night... Did I mention that we have a 17 month old( then 12 month old) toddler in the house... In retrospect...I SHOULD HAVE JUST KILLED THE DAMN THING THE FIRST TIME AROUND!!! - 2012-06-18 15:42

      A Black Mamba in my yard, and no snake-handler available? Sorry mamba....

      Hanno.Labuschagne - 2012-06-18 15:54

      Usually I'd say the same. But this is a black mamba. Have you ever encountered one? Probably the only snake which purposely attacks humans. Even if you are 50 to a 100 meters off, that bugger will come straight at you. It's not like any other snake.

      Mpotsiseng - 2012-06-18 16:12

      snakes are unpredictable animals... so you're saying they should've let it go, then someone else would've been lucky. would that be ideal for you??

      Boer - 2012-06-18 17:35

      Why kill it you asked? use your stupid brain and think. Cause its flippen dangerous and they might have children around.

      Bruce - 2012-06-19 00:04

      Absolutely not necessary to kill the snake. It was doing no harm in the washing machine, they could have waited to get an expert to catch the snake and release it. And why spin it for heavens sake?

      Schmee - 2012-06-19 08:20

      People should really educate themselves about snakes. This is total animal cruelty. If someone did this to a cat because they are allergic to cats then everyone would have been upset.

      Preshen - 2012-06-19 08:47

      They can make nice shoes out of it

      Mark - 2012-06-19 09:27

      all Snakes must be killed.....

      rainbow.nation.39 - 2012-06-19 10:08

      On one hand I agree that they should have left it there until help arrived. I persoanlly would not kill any living animal if I could avoid it. On the other hand it's easy to sit behind a computor, away from the situation, and comment on what should have or should have not been done. When faced with a deadly animal like that ones instintive need to protect oneself and your loved ones kicks in and you do the first thing that comes to mind and seems logical at the time.

      Raymond - 2012-06-19 10:12

      The property is called Inyoka. Classic, that's isiZulu for snake.

      nelliboo.gogela - 2012-06-19 12:04

      Oh well here's a thought:set the snake free so it could come back again and then you're in the same situation or better yet it comes back and crawls in your baby's bed whilst the whole family's asleep#rolling eyes#

      johan.lombard.33 - 2012-06-19 12:15

      A black mamba is one of the most beautiful creatures around. I have seen a few in the wild. But I must be honest I would have also spin - dried it. Maybe they could have waited for some animal or snake rescue team to remove it to a better location?

      Passop - 2012-06-19 12:31

      At the anti animal cruelty brigade, how many of you have seen a black mamba outside of a snake park? Snake or me? Guess who i'm choosing...

      merven.halo - 2012-06-19 12:58

      @Advocatus.Diabolis What a bunch of bollocks@ Did the snake wear a ID tag that you knew it is the same snake? "Probably the only snake which purposely attacks humans." - more bollocks from Hanno. Really wish people will educate themselves on topics before they make statements on public forums.

      tugwana.gwalagwala - 2012-06-19 13:00

      Get one yourselfs and keep it as a pet in your own house. I'm tired of hypocrites!

      Schmee - 2012-06-19 13:27

      Oh deary me, isn't there some story that if you have one snake then its partner will also be somewhere. Did they get both? I think they should sell and move into a block of flats quickly, then they won't ever come across snakes.

      Peter - 2012-06-19 14:09

      @ Mervin.halo ----- "It will actively defend its territory very aggressively.[25] Although it is a shy and secretive snake in general, it always seeks to escape when a confrontation occurs, unless cornered, in which case the black mamba can put up a fearsome display of defense and aggression.[6] When cornered, it mimics a cobra by spreading a neck-flap; exposing its black mouth, it lifts up to a third of its body up off the ground, and hisses.[6] If the attempt to scare away the attacker fails, it will strike repeatedly.[6] Many snake experts have cited the black mamba as the world's most aggressive snake, noting tendency to actively attack without provocation.[26][27] It can show an incredible amount of tenacity, fearlessness, and aggression when cornered, during breeding season, or when defending its territory.[7]" from

      merven.halo - 2012-06-19 15:07

      @Peter, there is a HUGE difference between purposely attacking humans and defending. The snake was in a machine, no threat to no one, nothing.

      tugwana.gwalagwala - 2012-06-19 16:58

      @Merven.halo (snake was in a machine, no threat to no one, nothing)...yeh right. HOW DID IT GET IN THERE IN THE 1ST PLACE? WAS IT BRED IN THERE? BE QUIET UNTIL YOU FIND IT IN YOUR BLANKETS NEXT, THEN YOU CAN SAY SOMETHING?

      Rodney - 2012-06-19 17:18

      Probably the only snake in SA that I would kill. The comment made that it was in the drier and no threat to anyone is a bit wide of the mark, it got in there and decided this was a nice home. What happens when it decides to breed in there? The woman had obviously tried to contact a snake handler and failed, she was probably terrified the snake would come out while she was on the phone. Personally, I would have done the same thing. Mambas are not to be messed with.

      Sharon - 2012-06-19 18:51

      was the machine on full cycle or quick spin

      ndzululeka - 2012-06-20 08:32

      She tried to contact a snake handler and was unsuccessful... What did you expect her to do? Treat it as a pet? You obviously have no idea how dangerous these mambas are.

      nrgx.nrg - 2012-06-20 10:29

      no snakes on this "plain"!

  • commym - 2012-06-18 14:55

    Why kill it? the snake should have been released to the bushes, this is animal cruelty.

      Martin - 2012-06-18 15:03

      exactly, what did the snake do to you okes anyway, and dont come with the " it could have or might have"

      Irene - 2012-06-18 15:14

      Keith ~ What's your obsession with 'poepsak'?

      cliff.slabbert - 2012-06-18 15:27

      Another city boy!

      caswellnmdlalose - 2012-06-18 16:35

      You just comment so that you can be counted you know nothing about black mamba since you got access to web go google black mamba then maybe by the time you comment you will use your natural source as comment sense is not in your picture now we stay in the farm lot and lot of cases and people we know that were killed by the black Mamba.

      erich.goosen - 2012-06-19 11:52

      A serpent with a 'ligte systappie'!

      thozi - 2012-06-19 16:44

      Now common people, if you don't have the expertise to handle snakes, especially poisonous ones like the black mamba, do yourself and your family, including kids a favour: kill it before it kills you. It's safer that way and regrets are few.

      ndzululeka - 2012-06-20 08:34

      THis was most definately not DOLCE and CAbbana the Sandton snakes!!!

  • Baldylocks - 2012-06-18 14:56

    and this makes news......??

      denis.gomo - 2012-06-19 15:51

      Guess where the woman INYOKA (The Snake!!).

  • winston.mullany - 2012-06-18 15:00

    Ha! Ha! Ha! Good one but pity they killed the poor thing!

      johan.lombard.33 - 2012-06-19 12:16

      Ja, It was safely trapped. They could have waited a few days for a snake handler or animal control to relocate it.

  • Sandra - 2012-06-18 15:00

    there a reason y the area is called inyoka( zulu translation- snake) your killing a snake at its home idiots

      khanyib1 - 2012-06-18 15:26

      you've obviously never met a black mamba before...

      mbonyathi - 2012-06-19 09:48

      where did these guys throw the snake?? i wanna collect it and put its slain body in Kaybabe's bed

  • mary.kircher - 2012-06-18 15:04

    say what you like ! I would have put the boiling water cycle on the washing machine !!! Am terrified of snakes.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-06-18 15:13

      For example: They don't need to be killed, there are professionals out there who can be called and will remove them.

      Kala - 2012-06-18 15:15

      @tax.payer.142 I'm with you on that one mate.

      Jaco - 2012-06-18 15:24

      we dont understand or like it. let's just kill it.

      cliff.slabbert - 2012-06-18 15:30

      Clever lady - rather a dead snake than a dead person !!!

      Schmee - 2012-06-19 08:21

      Educate yourself Mary and stop acting like a hillbilly.

      Schmee - 2012-06-19 08:23

      Anyone who gave tax.payer the thumbs down is also a hillbilly.

      Samantha - 2012-06-19 11:49

      Tax idiot- just want to remind you if that snake bit her where would she get help???? State Hospitals have no medicine because all the funds are in someone elses pockets. come on be real

      Schmee - 2012-06-19 13:19

      Samantha, I live in a forest and regularly come across all kinds of snakes while I'm gardening. Black mamba, green mamba, puff adders, you name it. They don't bite you if you leave them alone. To them we are the danger and they move away. If however you corner a snake then expect the worst. It has to defend itself. This woman should have just closed the washing machine and waited for a snake handler to come around. What they did to this snake is disgusting. A world without snakes will be a world filled with toads and rats, would you prefer that?

      Samantha - 2012-06-19 13:53

      schmee- you have "bush" experience, to me that thing is dangerous, i wont stand there asking it to please het the hell out of my washing machine. just to be clear the thing was already trapped when she got there- so it was already defending itself. Its your personal oppinion, but this is mine- if i was her i would have done exactly the same

      Schmee - 2012-06-19 15:06

      I had no choice but to educate myself about snakes. In not moving away from the snake you are putting your life in danger. As I said close the washing machine door and get in people with the experience to remove the snake.

  • Shellerjc - 2012-06-18 15:10

    OKAYYYY I was under the impression it was illigal to kill snakes. Oh wait, killing in this country is optional extra, oops sorry my bad - Forgot. But why kill the thing? Call the authorities, I agree with Jarred. The snake was no threat to them at that point in time. I am petrified of snakes, but we need them and to kill one would be just so wrong...

      khanyib1 - 2012-06-18 15:28

      does the word "unsuccessful" mean anything to. She was 14 kms from town, tried her husband AND the snake handler... get off that stinking high horse and be real.

      Tax - 2012-06-18 15:53

      khanyib1 it was trapped inside the washing machine. Stop being a little sissy.

      mathilda.williams.1 - 2012-06-19 16:28

      I worked at a nature centre for several years, educating people about the necessity of harmless snakes in our yards, and not to kill non-venomous snakes on sight. But, seriously.......NO one needs a Black Mamba in their house/yard at all. Black mambas are very agressive, and deadly. She did try to have it removed humanely, and was unable to get anyone to come out to do so. In this case, the right thing was done, this snake clearly was not afraid of humans and their smell, it went INTO their house, and into their laundry room. Aikona.

  • joe.farmer.92775 - 2012-06-18 15:13

    in related news "Julius Malema comes clean"

      Shellerjc - 2012-06-18 15:16

      OOPS sorry meant to thumbs up your comment - as i dont think anyone else will see the irony in that. LOL

      Samantha - 2012-06-19 11:50

      awesome comment

  • cobusvanstaden0506 - 2012-06-18 15:14

    I will not look for trouble with this woman she gave a new meaning to the phrase two fist punch...

  • zinhle.s.gumede - 2012-06-18 15:15

    I like the spin and dry part......

  • Ryno - 2012-06-18 15:15

    why kill it? it was contained in the washing machine - why did she not try to contact another snake catcher?!?!!?!?!?

      khanyib1 - 2012-06-18 15:29

      how many snake handlers do you think are loittering around Empangeni?

      Kei Heyns - 2012-06-18 16:00

      Quite a few actually. Not a justified action

      Geraldvan - 2012-06-18 17:28

      How was she gunna finish her washing??? Duh!!

      nhla.prv - 2012-06-19 08:59

      @ Ryno: Becoz its a Black Mamba..kill it or be killed. Do you know what that snake is capable of?

      merven.halo - 2012-06-19 13:06

      @nhla, you listen and believe old lady stories.

  • beliinda.sham - 2012-06-18 15:17

    I thought this quite a humerous story until the last bit .. why on earth would they want to kill the snake? Heavens alive .. some people are complete idiots.

  • lisa.c.Biermann - 2012-06-18 15:22

    jared i second that. keep it closed up in dryer till someone with the knowledge of snakes could catch it... the spca would surely have knowing how to handle a snake. it was cruel to spin the poor thing like that and to even kill it after wards.... yet people do dumb things... and smiso, im sure she saw the snake before she opened the door of the dryer... or heard it... still it was wrong to hurt the poor snake

  • millionwatts1 - 2012-06-18 15:23

    Surprise Surprise. A snake in a place called Inyoka.

  • David - 2012-06-18 15:24

    Funny though that this happened in Inyoka ;-)

      Ted - 2012-06-18 15:37

      A prominent ANCYL member was also born in Inyoka!

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-06-18 15:25

    Good house keeping Margie !

      Tax - 2012-06-18 15:52

      Cliff is terrified of snakes! Haha obviously a city boy...more like a girl actually.

  • - 2012-06-18 15:27

    NO!!! you wouldn't say? The snake looked dazed and confused! When last did you try a full spin cycle in a dryer?? hahhahahahah

  • Clarence - 2012-06-18 15:27

    I don't support the killing of animals/reptiles but you just dont mess with a Black Mamba.

  • burtfred.brown - 2012-06-18 15:30

    I pity this woman's husband if he ever gets bedsnake fever.

  • Shellerjc - 2012-06-18 15:32

    @khanyib1 - 14kms is not that far - I take it you hate snakes. Shame poor you

  • admire.kabasa - 2012-06-18 15:35

    kill all snakes

      Nicholas - 2012-06-19 11:33

      I am just blown away at how damn naive people are!!

  • terence.pattison - 2012-06-18 15:37

    If it was a Green Mamba should she have used the Coloured`s program ? I guess you could say that that is one washed up snake!! Reptile In Peace.

  • Phae - 2012-06-18 15:39

    Humans are a danger to animals!

      mbonyathi - 2012-06-19 09:55

      To some animals....and the other way round is true..

  • amy.larcombe.7 - 2012-06-18 15:40

    "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated" Ghandi

      Kei Heyns - 2012-06-18 15:58


      malcolm.dale - 2012-06-18 16:01

      My Dear Amy, Read up on the fact file and an account by someone who has been bitten by a mamba and by God's grace survived. This mamba was cornered and when in this situation becomes visciously defensive and can effect many bites in a matter of seconds with upto 450ml of venom in a single bite! 10-20 ml will lay you flat in about 20 minute!! Now visualise this - on her own 17 km from the nearest source of anti-venom, soooooo you can do that distance in a dysnfunctional state? I doubt it. Oh! she should have run away you might say? Can you run at 19km per hour - no I don't think so! So you get bit and then sit down calmly and say the Lord's prayer which begins "Our Father......". Was it not the serpent that tempted Adam and Eve? Imagine if that hadn't happened and they had killed it, what a perfect world we would live in. Naaah! just kidding we would have messed it up some other way.

      Kei Heyns - 2012-06-18 16:13

      ?? Circumstantial here, they had the choice to let it go, it was in their control.

      Carol - 2012-06-19 12:33

      Oh well said Amy!!!

      merven.halo - 2012-06-19 13:10

      That is bullshait malcolm, the snake was trapped in the machine. No threat at all.

  • Rob - 2012-06-18 15:44

    Shark huggers now Snake huggers !!!! Happy ending to this story, rather then read about her fighting for her life in hospital !

  • Moi - 2012-06-18 15:44

    Me, I wouldnt have stayed in the house! If it managed to get into the washing machine, then I'm sure it could also get out on it's own! Really don't blame her for killing an extremely poisinous snake.

      Bruce - 2012-06-19 00:11

      I leave the door of the washing machine open when not in use, as the manual instructed me to do. So a snake could easily get in, but once you shut it, how is it going to get out?

      Moi - 2012-06-19 07:26

      Didnt they say it was a top loader? It's not particularly difficult to push open.

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-06-18 15:44

    The most dangerous snake in the world.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-06-19 00:20

      Actually the Hydrophis Belcheri is the most venomous snake on earth, and the Inland Taipan is the world's most venomous land snake according to a global study. Black Mamba's would probably rate as the most aggressive on earth if there was such a study.

      merven.halo - 2012-06-19 13:14

      Not the most dangerous snake in the world, the Belcher’s Sea Snake takes that title. Then there is still the Inland Taipan, Eastern Brown Snake, Blue Krait and the Australian Taipan, only then the Black Mamba.

  • Jackie - 2012-06-18 15:45

    I dont like snakes either but hey have some respect! If the poor creature survises the washing machine let it be?

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-06-18 18:07

      and I'm sure it must be a papbek with no teeth left after that spin she took him on...

  • Hazel - 2012-06-18 15:46

    I would throw the wachine machine away.

      KB - 2012-06-18 16:07

      lol... it proves the fact that African will never be friend with snake...

  • mlungisi.botha - 2012-06-18 15:47

    Some of you might have missed the pun – this had to happen in Inyoka of all places. Inyoka means snake and its so named coz the dozens of the =m out there. No point in killing them. Best advice is spend a few hundred rand fitting netting on your doors and windows if you live in that area. Spare a thought for the family who must be asking themselves: was that the only one? Where else could there be a snake in the house? Do mambas crawl into your bed when you’re asleep…. ?????

      mlungisi.botha - 2012-06-18 15:49

      O, by the way, check those dark spaces in cupboards etc before sticking your hand in!!!

      Shellerjc - 2012-06-18 15:53

      I lived in Nelspruit, and came home one night to find a Black Mamba curled up in my shower. Yes i skrikked my GOLF ALPHA TANGO off, but all I cld do was wait for the authorities, ALl I did was slose the door and wait, YES it took them 2 hours to get to me out on the plot, but they came and took it away. YES i was unable to sleep that night, but I Sure as hell never left my door OR windows open again.

  • - 2012-06-18 15:52

    What a good read - funny, but tragic - for both the woman and the snake - if she had been bitten wonder what the response would be here - did what they thought best - side with her.

  • Msika - 2012-06-18 15:52

    Genesis 3:14-15 So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. 15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring[a] and hers; he will crush[b] your head, and you will strike his heel.” Well done for shooting that evil thing sir.

      Kei Heyns - 2012-06-18 16:08

      To quote with biblical reference is to contradict yourself, according to the bible, we are also custodians of this planet. We have insight and understanding, to deal with a situation as it presents itself, hence letting the snake go some place else. You, like them are operating on fear and not considering the bigger picture. Have you considered human encroachment?

      afrikeni - 2012-06-18 16:15

      Amen to that!!

      bronwyn.colvin - 2012-06-18 16:55

      Animals are not evil, they also don't act with malicious intent. People however, are a different story.

      bogerag - 2012-06-18 18:22

      "bronwyn.colvin"... I find it funny that you say no animal acts with malicious intent... Let's see if we can think of a few examples... Hmmm.. Male lions killing the cubs fathered by another lion... Hyenas and lions maliciously killing each other... Black mambas have been known to go after humans (even when you are several hundred feet away from them)... Don't be so naive.

      Phae - 2012-06-18 19:34

      This supid comment is exactly what wrong with your ignorant religion!

      Bruce - 2012-06-19 00:13

      If a snake is so evil, why did this benevolent God create it?

      Tax - 2012-06-19 10:16

      How can a snake be evil? Typical backward struggler mentality.

      merven.halo - 2012-06-19 13:16

      Don't try to understand taxpayer, there is a clearly link between IQ and religion that has been proven many times.

      miss.pandalemming - 2012-06-20 13:27

      By that logic, we should congratulate people on killing humans too? Because in the Bible, God also cursed many humans.

  • clivegoss - 2012-06-18 15:55

    Round round get a round, I get around (Beach Boys circa 1964) The snake also got "around".Why kill it ?

  • Ilana - 2012-06-18 16:00

    She should have thrown in some Vanish. Hear it removes anything.

      Iceberg - 2012-06-19 10:55

      You won the comment thread Ilana - very funny :D

  • tsebo.hoffman - 2012-06-18 16:04

    Nt being racial, it looks lyk most white people hv no problem with a black mamba,mayb its fascinating. 4 blacks, a snake is sumthng the bible says we shud kill. Its cultural differences dat make us percieve such thngs dfrntly

      Bruce - 2012-06-19 00:14

      Whites also write differently, whole words for instance!

      tsebo.hoffman - 2012-06-19 11:42

      Bruce,will look at the humor side of ur comment. As a medical doctor, my proffesion forces me 2 ryt shortnd wrds. Lyk HIV, AIDS, PTB,MVA,RDS...and stat, sob,

      tinky.winky.180072 - 2012-06-20 13:00

      Does your profession also cause you to make spelling errors? Just wondering if your spelling problem could end up with someone getting the incorrect medication? Ofcourse, that is taking it for granted, that I believe that you are in fact any type of doctor at all.

  • lindy.damasio - 2012-06-18 16:04

    why did they shoot it???? ag no!!!

  • rudolph.mare.3 - 2012-06-18 16:12

    Why still call it a black mamba? Why not an African Mamba?

      Rob - 2012-06-18 16:21

      Black sounds more dangerous.

      Elizabeth Venter - 2012-06-18 16:40

      do u knw why its called a black mamba?

      Geraldvan - 2012-06-18 17:25

      Non-white Mamba would sound like the old rejim!!! Ha hahahah

      bogerag - 2012-06-18 18:16

      It's called a black mamba because of the colour of the inside of its mouth.

      nyamweda.calson - 2012-06-18 18:25

      Hey dumb dumb get a life, try reading

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-06-18 22:22

      Can't call a black snake a pink mamba can we? God. Now it's racist to say its a black mamba? Get a life! And yes it's because of the inside of the mouth.. Tards

      merven.halo - 2012-06-19 13:19

      Previously disadvantaged mamba or currently advantaged Mamba. It can not be a colored mamba, it won't survive without front teeth. ;-)

  • amy.larcombe.7 - 2012-06-18 16:18

    "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated" Ghandi

      Bokang - 2012-06-18 18:04

      Good job did the snake got itself into the washing machine in the first place?witchcraft.

      jody.beggs - 2012-06-19 12:11

      We live in a fickle time. Dogs and cats have more rights than naturally found animal in Africa ! WTF . What's the bet 90% of the people calling to kill the snake are religious idjits! Damn the man.

  • caswellnmdlalose - 2012-06-18 16:28

    Black Mamba a Very diedly dangerous snake so the reaction was good and i agreed with that woman cause if that snake get second change that woman would be buried to day. REaction was good after she tried to call husband and local snake catcher only a fool will call her studid.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-06-18 17:30

    "Confused" ? What am I? A Defy defying mamba. Rhumba mamba, Samba mamba. Humba ! mamba.

  • tdshezi - 2012-06-18 17:32

    How convenient, the name of the place is called 'inyoka- snake'!

  • hclaassen - 2012-06-18 17:52

    Slow news day?

  • jeremy.atkins.946 - 2012-06-18 17:58

    They should have blown up the washing machine with plastic explosives - it was the washing machine's fault for hiding the snake in the first place; I reckon the 2 of them were in cahoots together. And then burn down the house so this horrible experience can never happen again. Lastly, I reckon we assassinate the snake handler because his not being available put the lives of everyone in the neighbourhood in jeopardy. Burn all the bush in Africa and then kill a koala bear cos theyre so cute I could just die!

      mary.ball.925 - 2012-06-19 13:24

      Ha ha ha! Best comment so far! Gotta watch out for those koala's - cuteness kills.

  • Mtk.the.poet - 2012-06-18 18:01

    The lady was \white\ the mamba was? She must have thought its one of ANC intruders,where you heard a white person kill an anmail? Lol

  • Leah - 2012-06-18 18:08

    I need to know! What happened to the washing machine?

      Iceberg - 2012-06-19 11:01

      Leah, personally I would be a wreck doing washing in future. Just reading about it last night made me dream of finding a snake in a drawer. Albeit a loving one that gives off feathery type drops.

      Leah - 2012-06-19 12:02

      HaHa! I hope u slept at least!

  • percyvillain - 2012-06-18 18:46

    The Bible allows us to kill snakes. Unfortunately the bullet did it :-( Tax.payer142 and myself hate bullets and their mothers (guns)

  • Billy - 2012-06-18 19:20

    lol poor little snake same reaction seen if people see a big spider, 2 cans of doom on the thing and its still trying to get away from the crazy human... kill what you fear, hey? so backwards...

      catgirl1971 - 2012-06-18 21:00

      Do you have any idea how venomous a black mamba is?

      Carol - 2012-06-19 12:43

      Agreed Billy. Humans have the belief that they are entitled to kill ANYTHING getting in their way !! It p...s's me off no end ... We might be at the top of the food chain but because we CAN doesn't mean we SHOULD kill everything.

  • zama.mabaso.794 - 2012-06-18 19:28

    Wow this woman was so brave jo.high 5 on that koh!

  • hannes.strydom - 2012-06-18 19:57

    Animal cruelty, innit?

  • Diego - 2012-06-18 20:42

    the property is in a place called Inyoka. the name ironically means snake in Zulu. So the snake was in its home. they only shot it because it was a “black” mamba if it was a white mamba they would have let it go to the wild. Should it have beaten her it would have been called genocide or farm murder by Afriforum because the snake is black. white racist lol its everywhere.

      mondli.botha.7 - 2012-06-19 07:59

      Its a land reform of a special kind the snake wanted to claim its rightful place at its estate. This is exactly what is happen in RSA black want to leave with whites instead they get. Hahahahaahah u got love this place