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2016 | Councillor’s Stance on Benoni Bunny Park Future

EST - 1966

2016 | Councillor’s Stance on Benoni Bunny Park Future

EST - 1966

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Preservation Over Closure

In the midst of a fervent discussion about the future of Benoni Bunny Park, a tranquil oasis for families and nature lovers, the stance of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (EMM) emerges with clarity. Despite the passionate appeals from certain community segments and volunteer groups, the whisperings of the park’s closure remain just that—whispers unsupported by municipal plans. Below we detail a pivotal moment in our park’s ongoing narrative that occurred on May 13, 2016.

The Park’s Unwavering Operation

Amidst a landscape where laughter and the gentle patter of tiny paws are common, the discovery of a deceased cow in the park’s bounds cast a shadow over its verdant grounds. The somber news fueled the Bunny Park Animals 911 Group and Ban Animal Trading (BAT) to reinforce their plea for the park’s indefinite closure. Yet, Ekurhuleni spokesperson Themba Gadebe assured that such measures were not on the table, favoring legal process and investigation over immediate action.

A Commitment to Care and Justice

The EMM made clear that justice and due process take precedence, with ongoing investigations into alleged misdeeds involving the park’s animal population. While the gravity of the situation is acknowledged, the municipality reiterates its belief that the park’s workers provide sufficient care and that any decision regarding staff suspensions awaits the investigation’s outcomes.

The Dance of Differing Perspectives

The incident prompted the Democratic Alliance (DA) to echo the calls for closure, urging for a swift and thorough examination to unveil and address the underlying issues with urgency. Even within the party, differing viewpoints surfaced. Ward 27 Councillor Gerrie Kriek, painting a contrasting picture, insisted on keeping the gates open. Kriek talked of the necessity to cherish this space for future generations of children, seeing no substantial reason for alarm regarding the park’s conditions or the welfare of its inhabitants.

A Vision for Continuity and Joy

Councillor Kriek’s sentiment reflects a belief in the park as a “beautiful facility,” one that should not only continue but thrive. By preserving the Bunny Park, we aim to foster a sanctuary where both human and animal visitors can flourish, protected from the threat of urban development.

Looking Forward with Hope

As stewards of the Benoni Bunny Park’s story, we remain dedicated to providing a complete tapestry of its history, acknowledging both its moments of challenge and its chronicles of delight. This park, an emblem of communal joy and nature’s wonder, walks a delicate line between treasuring its current state and aspiring toward an even brighter future.

For more details on the discussions surrounding the Benoni Bunny Park during this critical time, the original article by Kevin van der List can be found on the .

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