Stray stock of concern – EMLM
The Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality (EMLM) was doing everything in its power to manage the problem of stray livestock on roads in the area.
EMLM spokesperson Fundile Feketshane, reacting to repeated reports of stray animals near the Ezibeleni turnoff on the road to Cacadu and Dordrecht – and the sighting of cows running on the N6 in Komani this week – said the issue of stray animals was not only a problem in the municipal area, but in the country as a whole.
“There are various stakeholders that are involved in this matter and as soon as everyone plays their part, this could yield positive results.”
He said stray livestock caused accidents and often led to the loss of life.
“Road governance is everyone’s responsibility and the sooner the owners of livestock guard them, the better.”
He said scores of livestock had been confiscated and auctioned over the past few months, while related fatalities on the roads had also been reported.
“We call upon owners to take full responsibility and to keep their livestock in the fenced and protected areas.”
He said the transport department had made their trucks available to assist until recent break-downs were reported. The trucks were, however, being fixed “so that they assist in removing these animals”.
Feketshane said the municipality appreciated the department’s help and called on all stakeholders to promote road safety.
“We appeal to drivers to be on the look-out, especially in the evenings as we are trying all these efforts to manage the situation.” – Rep reporter
ON THE ROAM AGAIN: A cow wanders on the road near the Ezibeleni turn-off