HAZYVIEW, 9 March 2021 – Over 100 crocodiles have escaped a breeding farm in South Africa, triggering fears among river front dwellers in the town of Hazyview.
We are living in fear, residents of the town in South Africa’s eastern Mpumalanga province told reporters of the state-owned broadcaster, SABC.
“The children like this place. Even the elders come to swim here. We would like authorities to assist us and remove the crocodiles. It is not safe because the river is overflowing… It is not safe at all,” said one resident.
Officials at the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) have issued warnings, urging residents and visitors not to go near dams and rivers or swim in the water.
At least 50 of the reptiles had been recaptured in the rivers and dams around White River in the country’s, according to zoo officials..
The reptiles escaped after the enclosure in which they were being raised collapsed following heavy rains.
The missing reptiles are believed to be in the same river, dams and surrounding areas.
The MTPA has temporarily revoked the breeding permit of the farm owners, according to the SABC, citing MTPA’s April Lukhele.