When the traffic had to come to a standstill because there were cattle crossing the street, who should be held responsible?
Our residential area has become grazing grounds and residents and shop owners are frustrated with the situation. Cattle and livestock were seen wandering the streets aimlessly and causing a disturbance to the community on 16 February 2016. Local shop owners have raised complaints of animal droppings lying in front of their shop entrances. “It does not portray a professional image to my customers,” said a local business owner. The animals are left to graze on grass patches around the business vicinity. Motorists have to stop as the animals run across the road and cause an inconvenience to the traffic flow. It is also dangerous as the animals graze alongside the road that has no fencing or barrier to avoid them from running into traffic.
The animals not only cause a disturbance to motorists and business owners but to residents as well. The pavements are covered in animal droppings and the pedestrians have to walk on the road to avoid the mess. That is dangerous as the pavement can’t be utilised by pedestrians. The owners of livestock need to adhere to the law and refrain from letting their animals graze in a residential area. The law has been placed and is meant to be implemented.
An appeal from our local chief of the traffic department, Mr Mandla Msibi, to all members of the public, is to adhere to the traffic law Reg 313 “Animal on public road.” The community needs to familiarize themselves with the law and not be caught out as they could be given a fine. It is about time that we follow the laws that have been implemented to allow the smooth running of our community.