1.   Short title and application


   2.   Interpretation


   3.   Establishment of matimela kraals


   4.   Matimela officers


   5.   Councils may make arrangements for collection of matimela


   6.   Reporting of matimela


   7.   Driving fees


   8.   Collecting of matimela


   9.   Notification of presence of matimela


   10.   Claiming of matimela


   11.   Sale of matimela


   12.   Revenue and expenses in connection with matimela


   13.   Matimela to continue to be matimela


   14.   Matimela officer's duty to care for animals


   15.   Marking of matimela


   16.   Details of death or injury of animals to be kept


   17.   Duty to destroy certain animals


   18.   Carcasses and hides of matimela


   19.   Matimela kraal book


   20.   Matimela kraal book to be open for inspection


   21.   False entries in matimela kraal book


   22.   Legal proceedings


   23.   Variation of prescribed periods and times


   24.   Regulations


   25.   Penalties


   26.   Protection of councils, etc.



Act 25, 1968,
S.I. 79, 1969,
Act 48, 1971,
Act 2, 1975,
Act 21, 1975,
Act 5, 1977,
Act 38, 1977,
Act 20, 2004.

An Act to provide for the collection and disposal of stray livestock in districts and elsewhere and to provide for matters incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 15th August, 1969]


1.   Short title and application

   This Act may be cited as the Matimela Act, and shall not apply within the area of a city or township.


2.   Interpretation

   In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires-

   "AC brand" means an AC brand as defined in the Branding of Cattle Act;

   "animals" means horses, donkeys, mules, cattle, sheep, goats and pigs;

   "assistant matimela officer" means a person appointed under section 4 as an assistant matimela officer;

   "branded animal" means any animal upon which any AC brand is imprinted and includes unweaned young of any animal upon which any such brand is imprinted;

   "Chief" means Chief of a tribal area and includes any person performing the functions of Chief;

   "council", in relation to any tribal area, means the District Council within the area in which the tribal area is situated;

   "matimela" means any stray animals and any animals which having been stray animals continue to be matimela by virtue of section 13;

   "matimela fund" means a fund established under section 12;

   "matimela kraal" means a kraal established or deemed to have been established under section 3;

   "matimela officer", in relation to any matimela kraal, means the person appointed under section 4 as matimela officer of that kraal, and in the absence or incapacity of such person means the council secretary.


3.   Establishment of matimela kraals

   (1) A council may by resolution establish any kraal or enclosure as a matimela kraal for the purposes of this Act.

   (2) Any kraal or enclosure in the vicinity of any kgotla in which matimela has, prior to the coming into operation of this Act, been customarily placed shall be deemed to have been established as a matimela kraal under this section.

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