Kataza the baboon, a well-known male chacma baboon also known as SK11, has been the centre of controversy for months since he was moved to Tokai to reduce dispersing of the troop from Slangkop to Kommetjie in August 2020.

He was returned to his natal Slangkop troop on November 12, 2020, but the City of Cape Town is now concerned that he has not reintegrated and keeps moving around to different areas.

The City and the Cape of Good Hope SPCA met on Tuesday [January 5] to discuss Kataza’s raiding behaviour and alternative solutions.

He continues to be monitored and in the last 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,” said the City in a statement.

“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.”

The Cape of Good Hope SPCA will initiate an application to CapeNature, the mandated authority in terms of the Nature Conservation Ordinance, for a permit to have Kataza translocated to a rehabilitation centre in the Limpopo province.

This relocation was first proposed by the SPCA in October 2020.

Residents are encouraged to please phone the Baboon Hotline number 071588 6540 for assistance.

Picture: Cape of Good Hope SPCA

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