Owls to be used to rid homes of rats

Philippi residents in the informal settlement say they are being terrorised by rats. Photo by Mary-Anne Gontsana.

Residents in the informal settlement area say poison provided by the City has been useless; the rats simply eat it as food and it doesn’t kill them.

Last year, a local newspaper reported that Nomfundo Nkathazo's 11-month-old baby was attacked and bitten by rats in their Philippi home.