African Horse Sickness in parts of SA

The Western Cape has imposed restrictions on the movement of horses in and out of the province.

FILE: Horse movement has been restricted following an outbreak of African Horse Sickness. Picture: Abed Ahmed/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Horses are not allowed to leave or enter the Western Cape following the outbreak of African Horse Sickness in parts of the country, agriculture officials said on Friday.

At least 20 horses have died due to the disease in KwaZulu-Natal alone.

Other cases have been reported in Gauteng, raising serious concerns.

The Western Cape is the only province free of the sickness and it is also the only zone where horses may be exported from.

Provincial agriculture spokesperson Wouter Kriel says, "The Western Cape Province has instituted movement restrictions of horses. This is very important for us in order to have a horse export industry in the country."