What wanted! What is such a warthog doing in the Moot?

Henry

Many Pretorians set off on a cruise on Friday to try and take a stray warthog, which was spotted in the Moot residential area, to safety.

However, they would struggle, because this warthog had long since confused the temporary with the eternal.

The warthog, spotted equally perky among the long grasses on 22nd Avenue, is called Pumba. But Pumba is a stuffed warthog who has been harnessed to try to get the Tshwane metro council’s attention.

Lindi van Eck, from the Hairzone hair salon, took a photo of Pumba’s face peeking out of the long grass opposite the salon on Friday.

“We have already found people here who wanted to come and catch the piglet, then we tell them to bring a lawnmower as well,” she said with a laugh.

According to her, residents of the street have been struggling since the beginning of January to get the city council to cut the grass in the open field.

“I’m 1.62 m tall and the grass is taller than me.

“The city council does not come and cut the grass and residents are tired of it. The place looks like a jungle. It just looks like a warthog could really live there,” Andries Opperman, AfriForum neighborhood officer of the Greater Moot branch, said when asked.

Apart from the fact that the wooded piece of field is an eyesore, residents also think it poses a safety risk.

According to Van Eck, there are about 20 lurkers who live in the long grass and make fire.

“Others hide there and then they steal the cars,” she says.

It is also suspected that some of the lurkers cut some of the electrical wires here last week.

“It is very rare that the grass is cut here; we’ve been together for a long time.”

According to Van Eck, a municipal worker cut a small section of the grass in January, but later cut it again.

Opperman has meanwhile offered to cut the grass and Van Eck says the necessary arrangements will be made to help with this.

According to Opperman, the Greater Moot branch already has six permanently appointed workers, a tractor and various equipment to help with service delivery. “We will have to take more and more responsibility for our service delivery ourselves because the city council cannot keep up,” he says.

The Tshwane Metro Council was approached for comment but did not immediately respond.