The City of Cape Town met with the Cape of Good Hope SPCA on Tuesday, 5 January 2021, regarding the male chacma baboon known as Kataza.
The City said Kataza has failed to integrate with his natal Slangkop troop in the Kommetjie area since his return on 12 November 2020.
“SK11 is being monitored. During the past two days he has moved from Capri to Da Gama, and has on occasion tried to cross Ou Kaapse Weg in the direction of Tokai. Should he reach Tokai on his own accord by Monday, 11 January 2021, SK11 will be afforded the opportunity to integrate and his raiding behaviour will be monitored.”
“In the event that SK11 does not reach Tokai by 11 January 2021, further intervention will be required. An application to CapeNature, as the mandated authority in terms of the Nature Conservation Ordinance, will be initiated by the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, for a permit to have SK11 translocated to a rehabilitation centre in the Limpopo Province,” the City said in a statement.
The City moved the adult male baboon from the Slangkop troop to the Zwaanswyk troop in Tokai, at the end of August 2020.
In October, lawyer and animal-rights activist Ryno Engelbrecht made an application to the Western Cape High Court requesting that the decision to relocate Kataza be set aside.
In an out of court settlement, the City and Ryno Engelbrecht agreed to return Kataza to his home.