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Threats, intimidation of officials involved in Urban Baboon Programme<p>​</p><p>The threat and damage to private property were reported to the South African Police Service for investigation yesterday, 19 November 2020, under CAS 262/11/2020.</p><p>The threat was sent to the official’s cellphone with the message that he has been ‘warned’ and that ‘Kataza’, the male chacma baboon from the Slangkop troop in the Kommetjie area, ‘is untouchable’. </p><p>In the interest of the safety of the official and his family, the City will not divulge more details about this matter. </p><p>‘We have noticed a trend where officials are being targeted and vilified by some of those who disapprove of the City’s Urban Baboon Programme. It is very distressing that it has now reached a point where an official is threatened with physical harm shortly after his personal property was vandalised. This is over and above the hate-mails, abusive messages, and insults aimed at staff who are, as part of their duties, involved in managing this programme. These intimidation and bullying tactics are absolutely shocking and unacceptable,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Marian Nieuwoudt. </p><p>The City is also concerned about the ongoing interference with baboon rangers who are tasked with keeping the baboon troops out of the urban environment in the Kommetjie area. </p><p>Some residents are blatantly ignoring the City’s request to not follow or feed SK11, colloquially known as Kataza. Furthermore, we have received reports that the rangers from NCC Environmental Services, the City’s service provider, are prevented from performing their duties in accordance with the guidelines.</p><p>‘I’m very concerned as this interference will give way to an increase in baboon raiding in the area and damage to private property. Some residents have already contacted the City with complaints about the impact this is having on their quality of life as they have to stay indoors and lock all windows and doors while the baboon troop is moving through town. Adding to this challenge is that the residents who actually support the programme are reluctant to do so in public out of fear of being targeted and vilified by those who are opposing efforts to keep the baboons out of town. Given the abuse that our officials are being subjected to, this is quite understandable,’ said Alderman Nieuwoudt.</p><p>We kindly request the local community of Kommetjie and surrounds to please allow SK11 (Kataza) to adapt to his surroundings and to not follow or feed him. Furthermore, we implore residents not to interfere with the baboon rangers who are tasked with encouraging the troop to forage in its home range and to remain out of the urban environment. </p><p><strong>The community is requested to please assist by baboon proofing their properties as far as possible, and to reduce food </strong><strong>attractants as this will discourage raiding.</strong></p><p><strong>End</strong><br></p>2020-11-19T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#c14f4280-0d1f-445c-b56a-6a27e5ddf88a;L0|#0c14f4280-0d1f-445c-b56a-6a27e5ddf88a|Baboon;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#1dc74b42-92e4-4d91-bf6c-4c670bb8eb7e;L0|#01dc74b42-92e4-4d91-bf6c-4c670bb8eb7e|kommetjie;GP0|#a033bd4c-8615-40e1-9208-ac860266052b;L0|#0a033bd4c-8615-40e1-9208-ac860266052b|Enviromental Hazards;GPP|#0113a19a-9f30-4410-bedb-736337f0d4b410

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