The African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday said it was concerned about media reports on attacks by wild animals on members of the public and livestock in the north of the province.
“It was reported that a man identified as Mbuyiseni Nxumalo died after he was attacked by a hippopotamus in Hluhluwe recently while the community of Ntandabantu in Mtubabatuba has reportedly complained about being harassed by elephants that have been roaming the area after escaping from a nearby game reserve,” provincial spokesperson Ricardo Mthembu said.
Livestock of Ntandabantu attacked by wild animals
Mthembu said the community’s livestock was also been attacked by wild animals.
“We are worried about this situation as it poses a serious danger to communities living next to game reserves as well as their livestock which is the backbone of their livelihood.
“In the same vein we fully appreciate that wildlife has a wide range of ecological, economic and cultural importance in relation to human existence,” Mthembu said.
“We are also fully cognisant that wildlife is also the cornerstone of tourism and that it is important that the human-animal bond is nurtured for the well-being of both.”
Mthembu said the organisation was calling on the relevant authorities to ensure that the concerns of the communities were addressed as a matter of urgency to prevent any further possible and unnecessary loss of life and that the people’s livestock was protected.
Mthembu applauded economic development, tourism and environmental affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube’s efforts to resolve a number of issues raised by members of the community in the respective areas.
“We also appreciate that comrade Dube-Ncube has already met with representatives of the Tembe Traditional Council under Inkosi Mabhudu Tembe, as well as the management of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, on the issues related to the animals’ habitats of iSimangaliso Wetlands Park.”
“We are pleased to note that Ezemvelo is also working to resolve these issues where the co-habitation between the animals and the people is managed in a proper legal manner,” Mthembu said.