The City of Cape Town has announced that it will be opposing a court application to have its decision to relocate Kommetjie baboon Kataza set aside.

A Cape Argus report notes that Kataza (which means ‘troublesome’ in isiXhosa), a low-ranking male, had been removed from Kommetjie after raiding several homes in the area, and resettled in Tokai by the City of Cape Town’s baboon management agents, Human Wildlife Solutions.

Tensions between residents and the city over Kataza have been escalating in recent weeks since the animal was re-settled.

His removal sparked protests from animal rights activists, who called on the city to reintegrate him back into Kommetjie.

The city has since been pleading with residents not to disturb the baboon. Now, the city will head to court to defend its decision.

The City of Cape Town said it was notified of an application to the Western Cape High Court by Ryno Engelbrecht on 5 October 2020.

Engelbrecht is asking the Western Cape High Court to set aside the decision to relocate Kataza from Kommetjie to Tokai.

The city said it would be opposing the application.

Full Cape Argus report