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Cape braces for court fight over fate of Kataza the baboon


Cape braces for court fight over fate of Kataza the baboon

City vows to fight court bid over ‘dangerous’ troop change and ‘cruel’ ear tag, among other things

Philani Nombembe

As a feisty legal battle between animal lovers and the City of Cape Town brews over the relocation of a male baboon, residents have dedicated themselves to ensuring the primate’s safety on suburban roads.

Ryno Engelbrecht – an insolvency practitioner – is suing the city in the high court in Cape Town over the decision to relocate the Cape baboon, known as Kataza, from the Slangkop troop in Kommetjie to Tokai. The decision has sparked a public outcry.

Engelbrecht also wants the court to overturn the decision to “fit Kataza with a GPS collar” and “to ear-tag” him. SA National Parks, the Western Cape Nature Conservation Board, the SA Navy and the company Human Wildlife Solutions (HWS) have been cited as respondents in the litigation...

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