While the municipality struggles to formulate a plan to deal with a testosterone-driven bull that has been causing havoc in Uitenhage, the animal has “recruited” two accomplices to beef up its reign in the garden town’s tree-lined suburbs.
Last month, irate residents raised concerns about a notorious full-grown black bull with the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s animal control authorities as it regularly charges anyone who ventures too close.
Little over a week ago, municipal spokesman Kupido Baron said they were forming a team to deal with the bull and “one of the options we are looking at is taking out the bull as we are unable to locate the owner”.
However, while the municipality is yet to act on that statement, the bull was spotted with some extra muscle in the form of a full-grown grey bull and a slightly smaller brown bull.
The formidable trio are keeping numerous Uitenhage residents indoors, forcing them to helplessly take stock of the damage as the bulls lay waste to gardens and parks from Mosel through to Winterhoek Park, including Strelitzia Park and Fairbridge Heights.
Garden Town Initiative chairman Dave McCleland said: “I’ve seen all three of these bulls – the black one and the brown one walk together with the grey one not too far off.
“If we, the residents, decide to take the law into our hands . . . they [the municipality] are only then going to have some response.”
Uitenhage SPCA chairwoman Deidre Swift and police spokeswoman Captain Gerda Swart both distanced themselves from the roaming bulls.
“I have received numerous calls over the last two weeks regarding the bulls. I actually saw the black bull stopping peak morning traffic in Graaff-Reinet Road,” Swift said.
“People are upset that we are not taking care of it, but we don’t have the equipment or trainers to do so. “The municipality’s stock control unit are supposed to capture livestock and drop it at our kennels. It is of great concern, as those particular Brahman bulls are very aggressive.”
Swart said it was the municipality’s responsibility and she was unaware of any complaints about the bulls.
Fairbridge Heights resident Melanie du Toit, 50, said the bulls regularly returned to her Dahlia Street home.
“This bull now has friends, and guess who supplies them with breakfast, lunch and supper? Not its owner,” she said.
“This is getting ridiculous now. We spent the whole of Women’s Day cleaning its mess.
Baron said: “We will not leave the problem unresolved and are dealing with the matter urgently as we are concerned for residents’ safety. “