South Africa: Guidelines, Not Residents' Wishes, Are Followed When Managing Baboons in Cape Town's Urban Areas


Alderman Felicity Purchase, councillor for ward 69, has written the following response to Taryn Blyth's op-ed published by Daily Maverick. Request for comment on sections of Blyth's op-ed was directed at Mike Gibson, a resident: however, the City of Cape Town responded instead because it had arranged and hosted the meeting in question. It added that it wanted to provide a 'factual account' of the meeting since Purchase has access to the minutes and co-chaired the meeting. It said Gibson 'has no record of the meeting'.

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We publish Purchase's response in full:

I co-chaired the said CARBS meeting in person, on 9 March 2021, at the Fish Hoek council chambers. I want to state that the comments below are not a true reflection of the discussions that took place during that meeting.

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The meeting was attended by about 20 people, among them stakeholders, primate experts, City officials and residents who represent suburbs in the South that are in close proximity to baboons' natural habitat.

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