GEORGE MARI, MPP
DA KZN SPOKESPERSON FOR CO-OPERATIVE GOVERNANCE AND TRADITIONAL AFFAIRS
DESPITE receiving R1 million each, only three out of 15 KwaZulu-Natal municipalities have followed through on an instruction by the province’s COGTA department to establish animal pounds in a bid to reduce the number of stray animals on public roads.
The information was provided by the KZN COGTA department at a recent meeting, after the DA tabled the matter. According to the department, despite the funds already being allocated and transferred, only three municipalities – Emnambithi, Umngeni and Ingwe – have utilized the funds correctly while Okhahlamba, KwaSani, Endumeni, Umzimkhulu, Umdoni, Umzumbe, Newcastle, Jozini, Uphongolo, Umlalazi, Kokstad, and Mkhambathini have, to date, failed to set up pounds. Stray animals pose a serious threat to motorists, particularly on rural roads, and are the cause of many serious accidents. Urban areas such as Phoenix have also experienced a serious problem with stray cattle in municipal parks and on sports fields, which has affected residents making use of these facilities.
The department has committed to ensuring that pounds are established within the twelve districts by July 2012. The DA has reservations over whether these municipalities have either the capacity or the ability to establish and manage pounds. As a result, we have called on COGTA department officials to assist with the process.