AFTER everyone had jumped in to stop the fire and the flames died down, Lucky Mkhabela found his horse and four cows had died.
Now he is furious, saying a local farmer burning grass caused the flames to spread but refuses to compensate him.
Lucky (46) from Bergville in the KZN Midlands said the farmer was burning grass on his farm on Thursday when the fire spread to the land they used to feed their livestock.
“I unfortunately could not rescue my livestock. My horse and four cows died.”
He said he spoke to the farmer on Friday.
“I asked him to compensate me for killing my livestock. He was swearing at me, saying he would not compensate me.
“I reported him to the ward councillor, who promised to speak to him,” said Lucky.
Ward councillor Mxolisi Vilakazi said he spoke to the farmer about it.“That farmer made it clear he was not willing to speak about it. I am still speaking to others to find out what Lucky can do so justice is served.”
Farmer Lester Vickers told Daily Sun he knew Lucky but denied burning the grass.
“He has no land. I don’t know what he is talking about when he says I burned the grass on the land they use to feed their livestock. I only went there to assist the residents when I saw the fire. I don’t know where it was coming from,” said Vickers, who also denied meeting Vilakazi.