Why the killing of Scarface may trip up the DA in a Western Cape municipality

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A Cape Chacma baboon.
A Cape Chacma baboon.
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With municipal elections pending, an about-turn over the killing of a Cape Chacma baboon by Overstrand Mayor Dudley Coetzee has many ratepayers looking for alternatives to the DA, which currently governs the local government.  

Last week, Coetzee back-tracked on a last-minute agreement with animal rights group Beauty Without Cruelty (BWC), to stay the execution of Scarface - the alpha male of a Betty’s Bay troop known as BBM1 - and to facilitate his relocation to Limpopo. In an apparent communication blunder, the mayor claims to have stopped the execution but not the capture of Scarface, with the capture happening about 90 minutes after the agreement.

BWC claims the mayor "reneged on his promise to stop the killing".

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