The banks of the Pienaars River burst into flood with water seeping into various households and also causing the closure of the main bridge. Photo: Herman Steyn
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The Bela-Bela Local Municipality has poured a bucket of cold water over alleged crocodile and other creepy-crawly sightings in Pienaarsriver in recent weeks.
Municipal spokesperson Kabelo Moshito said the alleged sightings were just a myth, and that there was no proof of such.
No lesser that the Limpopo SAPS communications division issued a statement at the time, confirming reports of crocodile sightings in the aftermath of the Pienaarsrivir flash floods.
“It was all a myth. No crocodiles were sighted after the flash floods,” Moshito said.
Moshito said two of the affected families have since returned home, while the third affected household members lived and worked in Johannesburg.
Moshito said the affected families were offered food parcels and other basic necessities.
He also called on community members in and around Bela-Bela not to off-load garbage and other disposables into the stormwater drainage pipelines.
In recent weeks the Pienaarsriver burst its banks into flood, triggering the rumours about crocodiles which were reported even by the broader mainstream media.
The water levels were such that the bridge over the R101 between Pianaarsriver and The Carousel had to be closed down after being flooded by the raging river.
The stretch of road over the bridge re-opened on 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.
Limpopo SAPS provincial commissioner, Lieutenant-General Nneke Ledwaba, together with the search and rescue unit, the K9 and disaster management visited Pienaarsriver for an in-loco assessment.
Much of the flooding was attributed to raging currents flowing down from the Rust de Winter Dam upstream.
21 days ago 05 April 2018