Cape City baboon row turns into prison case after threats

A row over a Cape City baboon has escalated right into a prison case after a metropolis official was threatened and his property vandalised in a retaliatory assault.

The town mentioned on Friday this was not the primary time its employees had skilled a backlash towards its baboon administration coverage, and specifically its remedy of a specific baboon often known as SK11, or Kataza.

Kataza was first relocated by town from his residence vary in Kommetjie resulting from troop dynamics, after which returned to the realm after failing to settle in “exile” in Tokai, the place he as an alternative attracted a fan base of sympathetic residents who shared their sightings on social media.

However the metropolis says opposition to their baboon administration coverage has now reached prison proportions.

“Now we have seen a pattern the place officers are being focused and vilified by a few of those that disapprove of town’s city baboon programme,” mentioned mayoral committee member for spatial planning and setting Marian Nieuwoudt.

“It is extremely distressing that it has now reached some extent the place an official is threatened with bodily hurt shortly after his private property was vandalised. That is over and above the hate mail, abusive messages, and insults aimed toward employees who’re, as a part of their duties, concerned in managing this programme.