Large swarms of locusts could be seen in a number areas in the Northern Cape, as anticipated since the rainy season.
Agri Northern Cape said late last year that farmers had been ready for the pests and are not expecting a disaster. The locust plague affecting the Northern Cape and other provinces is already costing millions of rands to combat according to the national Department of Agriculture.
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Former Housekeepers actor Mangaliso Ngema has called on the government’s intervention after he was attacked by thousands of locusts in the Northern Cape.
In a video on Instagram, Mangaliso showed locusts blocking his way and some getting inside his car.
“The locust swams in the Northern Cape and the Free State are a big problem for farmers,” he says.
” I’d only heard of them in the news, but I saw for myself this past weekend. Our government needs to step up the help to farmers, otherwise we are all in trouble. ”
Some people on social media, referenced it to the bible story of Moses.
The ten plagues, the eighth one was that of locusts. Moses warned the Pharaoh that God will send so many locusts that they will “cover each and every tree of the land and eat all that is there to be eaten”. Every time the Pharaoh refused, a fresh plague was inflicted upon his kingdom. The other plagues were equally scary: The river Nile’s waters turning into blood, frogs, lice, flies, mass livestock die-offs, boils, hailstorm and fire, darkness for three days and finally, the death of every firstborn, human or animal, in ancient Egypt.