SHONGOANE — At least 40 donkeys were shot and killed over the past weekend on the D3110 Shongoane to Seleka road, by an unknown man allegedly driving a white bakkie.
According to Lephalale SAPS spokesperson W.O. Frans Mokoena, no cases were reported nor did anyone get arrested in this regard.
“Police have not yet opened a case and at this stage we don’t know who is responsible for the killings. We however appeal to livestock owners to keep their livestock in properly fenced areas” he said.
Lucky Letlhaka of Waterberg Environmental Justice Forum said that such incidents will affect the community in terms of pollution, adding that there needs to be a camp where stray animals are kept if found wondering on the roads and owners have to pay for their release.
“People will be affected – especially those suffering from sinuses and in addition, the donkeys need to be taken to the Municipal land fill for decomposition” he said.
W.O. Mokoena mentioned that the motive behind the shooting might be that the animals pose a danger on the roads, adding that people are scared to open cases as they may get a fine.
Lephalale SPCA said that they are busy investigating the shooting in Seleka and another incident were five donkeys were shot in Steenbokpan (Leseding).
Some members of the community argued that a lot of people are losing their lives due to cattle on the roads, which is negligent of the owners. Others say that a proper fence is needed in order to prevent the livestock from going onto the roads.