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Still no animal pounds for Inxuba Yethemba Municipality despite danger of stray animals

Oct 13, 2017
Still no animal pounds for Inxuba Yethemba Municipality despite danger of stray animals

Despite an undertaking to do so by May 2017, the Inxuba Yethemba Municipality has still not built animal pounds in Middelburg and the pound in Cradock has no administrative support.

"The current uncontrolled influx of animals into residential areas and commonages has resulted in significant animal diseases transmission risks to neighbouring commercial farms. Furthermore, the risks posed by stray animals to motorists and private property owners have been on the rise," described Handri Vorster, a DA Councillor in the Inxuba Yethemba Municipality.

"The issue of stray animals on Cradock and Middelburg’s public roads and in private properties is an ever-increasing problem and residents are spending their hard-earned money to erect palisades to prevent animals from entering their properties."

Vorster said that several motor vehicle accidents have also occurred in and around these towns due to stray cattle on the road.

She said that the National Road Traffic Act Regulation 313 (1) “makes it an offence to allow animals to be unattended on a public road” and (5) “makes it an offence to allow animals to constitute a danger to traffic”.

"Inxuba Yethemba Municipality’s by-laws are outdated and cannot be enforced, which has resulted in them becoming null and void and requests from the Democratic Alliance to review the by-laws have also fallen on deaf ears.

"Civic organisations have raised this issue through writing letters to Inxuba Yethemba Municipality and voicing their concerns in public meetings," Vorster added.

"The DA has also written letters to Inxuba Yethemba Municipality, raised motions in Council, issued media statements and handed over petitions to the Municipal Manager – none of which spurred the municipality on to prioritise the full functionality of both compounds."

She said that the Democratic Alliance is urging the Inxuba Yethemba Municipality once again to speed up the process of opening and maintaining the pounds, along with their administrative support.

"We also strongly urge the municipality to review and update our municipal by-laws as a matter of urgency to ensure efficient governing of the municipality."