Some of the houses were submerged in water. 
Photo: Herman Steyn | Illustration: Lesley Barnard

Pienaar’s croc fears


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Persistent rumours were this week doing the rounds with regards to crocodile sightings and other creepy-crawlies in Pienaarsrivier, after the nearby river burst its banks into flash floods.

The bridge over the R101 between Pianaarsrivier and The Carousel, which was last Friday 23 March flooded by the raging river, was reportedly reopened by Monday 26 March.

Against the backdrop of several flooded homes, the rumour mill was in overdrive about some people having allegedly spotted crocodiles, with some households allegedly stumbling into unnamed snake species.

The Limpopo SAPS said in a statement that provincial commissioner, Lieutenant-General Nneke Ledwaba, together with the search and rescue unit, the K9 and disaster management visited Pienaarsrivier for an in-loco assessment.

“The bridge at Pinaarsrivier has been flooded. Part of the bridge has collapsed. This is due to heavy rains that fell in the area. The nearby RDP houses and other residential areas in the vicinity have been affected,” the statement read.

The police further observed that “crocodiles have also been spotted in the area and community members are warned to be extra-cautious.”

Much of the flooding was caused by raging currents coming down from the Rust de Winter Dam upstream.

DA councillor, David Senosha, said talk of crocodiles were rumours, although he could not rule out the possibility of snakes being swept downstream.

Although the police have reported it was safe for motorists to drive over the bridge, Senosha warned that the structure felt shaky when vehicles drove over.

He urged the authorities to negotiate with the tollgates management on the N1, to allow motorists free pass as an emergency measure, as was the case during the 2013 flash floods in Bela-Bela. 

Local resident Kobe Kokopane, said the rumours of crocodile and snake sightings persisted all-round.

About 15 families with homes in low-lying areas were evacuated and relocated in the local community hall.

29 days ago       28 March 2018