THERE is NO peace in Peace Village – residents have to sleep with one eye open or not sleep at all. There are snakes in the toilets, bedrooms, on verandas, behind fridges, stoves and TVs.
We’ve never had a snake attack like this before, say the residents.
The people from Peace Village in Uitenhage say the snakes are invading their homes in numbers, the most common being cobras and boomslang.
Now the residents are burning tyres and sprinkling diesel around their homes to chase them away.
Mimi Vumazonke told Daily Sun they built their shacks in the area in 2011.
“Even then it was thick bush but we’ve never seen so many snakes,” she said.
“In 2012 our RDPs were built and we asked the ward councillor to help us with a bulldozer to clear the bush near our homes.”
Now it seems the snakes are coming back to where they used to live.
“Last December I found a cobra under my duvet. I was about to get into bed when I found it. It was big and scary,” she said.
Her neighbours helped her kill the snake. Later she found another snake on the veranda.
Snakes keep coming to Mimi’s house.
“On Sunday I found a snake in my wardrobe,” she said.
“We used to be terrorised by big rats that live in the bush at an illegal dump site. But then the rats went quiet and we knew there were snakes.”
She said the snakes are breeding which means their numbers are increasing.
“Every day I burn tyres and some of us are sprinkling diesel to chase the snakes away. They come during the day because it’s very hot,” Mimi said.
Another resident (48) who refused to be named because he doesn’t want to scare his kids said: “I killed a boomslang on Sunday afternoon. It was behind my TV set.
“I have not told my wife and kids because they would become restless.”
He said the illegal dump is attracting rats and the rats attract the snakes.
“Every three days we find a snake in our bathroom and we live in fear,” he said.
Mxolisi Nyiki (64) said: “I splash diesel around but we need help before someone loses his life.”
Nelson Mandela Bay municipal spokesman Mthubanzi Mniki said: “The issue will be followed up by the directorate of environmental management.”