Roaming cattle can walk up to 7.5 km per day. They walk at an average speed of between 3 – 3.5 km/h.
On Friday night 11 September at approximately 19:00, a local resident of Mkhondo was driving in Von Brandis Street when an ox strolled down the street.
The man swerved to avoid colliding with the animal but, he could not. He then pulled over to the side of the road to check his vehicle for damage and in the process tried to warn other motorists of the cattle in the road with the light of his cellular phone, since the street lights were not operational (internal loadshedding).
The driver of another vehicle could not come to a stop fast enough and also collided into the cattle. According to witnesses, the vehicle sustained severe damage but, the driver fled the scene for unknown reasons.
After talking with a spokesperson of the Mkhondo Local Municipality, the Excelsior News was informed that the MLM should be impounding the cattle that are illegally grazing and strolling through the streets of Mkhondo. They are however unable to do so since they have nowhere to safely store the impounded animals.
Roaming cattle and other livestock transgresses the bylaws established by the town’s municipality. An application has been filed at the Mkhondo Local Municipality to acquire the funds for such a facility and as soon as the green light is received, cattle will be removed from the streets of eMkhondo. Hopefully sooner than later!
If you are involved in an accident involving stray or unattended cattle, it is important to report it to the SAPS immediately. If the cattle are branded, the mark can be traced and the owner of the animals will be held financially responsible for any damages to your vehicle.
To all motorists – please drive carefully, especially at night. There are a lot of cattle in the streets and there are lots of open fields and sidewalks where cattle graze. Be vigilant!