- Mar 26, 2010
Pretoria - Cock-a-doodle-doo. The early morning crowing of roosters and other noises from the neighbour’s property were such torture that a Midrand woman has gone to court.
Anelle van Buuren turned to the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria, to interdict her neighbours – Sadhaseelan and Sarashnee Govender from the noise from their menagerie of roosters, turkey and geese.
Describing it as noise pollution, she said she had tried everything to stop the noise which carried on all day.
“I approached them on numerous occasions, I approached the SPCA, the City of Johannesburg and the National Prosecuting Authority,” she told the court.
But, she said in court papers, “all my attempts to resolve this have come to naught.”
She said the Govenders had moved in next door to her in 2013 and set up a pen for poultry on the boundary wall with her property.
She said the pen was close to her bedroom which faced the wall.
She said her neighbours put a variety of poultry, including roosters, chickens, geese, peacocks and a turkey into the pen.
“Needless to say, they caused a lot of noise.”
“The roosters crowed at dusk, throughout the night and into the early morning. The peacocks and hens called regularly, especially at dusk and dawn. The turkey gobbles throughout all hours day and night,” she said.
Van Buuren said the noise had a serious impact on her convenience and peace, as she was woken up during the night and early in the morning by the noise.
“I initially tolerated the noise, thinking the animals would settle down.
“After several months of continuous noise, interrupted sleep and increasing ill health I realised they were not going to settle down.”
Van Buuren said she then spoke to the Govenders about the noise and they moved the pen slightly further away from the boundary wall.
But while this perked her up, the prospect of sleep was short-lived, and the noise continued.
More at: http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/feathers-fly-over-roosters-crowing-at-dawn-7923421