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‘Lion on the loose’ — just another day in South Africa - 3 weeks ago, 21:13

Chris Erasmus

“Turning from the latest worrying details of state capture, there is a lion on the loose near the town of Beaufort West,” said the television news anchor.

Then she laughed, adding: “Just another day in South Africa.”

And that, indeed, that is how it seems to be going in South Africa these days.

Of course, there have always been lions in this part of the world, and it has only been a matter of decades — mainly the latter part of the 20th century and into this one — during which Africa’s famed big cats could only been seen in parks and game reserves, rather than wondering through the untamed African savannah.

CHAOTIC LANDSCAPE

But having a lion or the occasional hippo moving around populated areas and outside of designated and protected zones is extremely rare these days.

What is not so rare is the strange, unusual and outright alarming news items of all sorts living ...
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