Get wandering livestock off roads

WANDERING AROUND: A herd of goats wander, unattended, across another busy suburban Port Elizabeth thoroughfare, Buffelsfontein Road.  Picture: MIKE HOLMES
WANDERING AROUND: A herd of goats wander, unattended, across another busy suburban Port Elizabeth thoroughfare, Buffelsfontein Road. Picture: MIKE HOLMES

I DON’T know who to turn to about the problem of animals on Victoria Drive. Below is a heart-felt message from a Schoenmakerskop resident (who happens to be my daughter and the mother of my young grandchildren).

She is one of many users of this road who have to risk their lives every day because of animals on this road. I no longer drive on this road at night unless it’s absolutely unavoidable because I nearly lost my life when skidding into a herd of black cattle which I spotted at the very last moment.

I was returning late at night after a rehearsal for a play. Since then I have given up my involvement with drama activities.

Here is the message from my daughter:

“I nearly wiped myself out now (at 6.15pm) on Victoria Drive. There are six cows in the middle of the road, on the S-bend past the ‘pompstasie’.

“It is pitch dark and raining. The cows are there every night.

“Please tell our ward councillor that we do not need a meeting to solve this. There are no “stakeholders”.

“There are only road users whose lives are endangered because domestic animals are allowed to wander on Victoria Drive and Glendore Road. The animals should be impounded/confiscated.

“I believe three people have died on the Uitenhage-Despatch- Kleinskool road after hitting cows over the past year. One of our Collegiate girls’ parents hit a cow there last year and spent days in hospital and wrote off a car.

“Cows do not belong on public roads. No meeting will solve that.

“Sorry about the whine – but I am now really scared driving at night, and think twice before attending meetings, church services or seeing clients in the evening.

Melissa Riordan, clinical psychologist. ”

So, I am appealing once again for action. Surely it must be a crime to endanger other people’s lives.

Why are the cattle owners allowed to let their cattle graze unattended on the verges of a very busy public road? Why are these animals not impounded?

Who is responsible for this situation which is now completely out of control?

I have mooted the idea of reflective collars for cows if it is so impossible to keep them off the roads.

Why not make a municipal regulation that if animal owners do not provide these their cows will be confiscated?

I have also sent this letter to the ward councillor, the police, the Animal Welfare Society and NMBM coastal management.

Andre Lemmer, chairman, Schoenmakerskop Ratepayers/ Residents’ Association

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