FOCHVILLE, September 10 – The South African Police Service (SAPS) in Gauteng on Saturday confirmed that a pride of five lions has been spotted in the Fochville area, southwest of Johannesburg.
Police in Fochville and surrounding farmers were on alert since a lion was spotted in the area during the past few weeks, Captain Ernst Appel said.
“They have been vigilantly searching the area and big cat activity was noticed at watering holes. Tracks and dung were found which was confirmed to be that of lion,” he said.
The rural safety co-ordinator in the Fochville area Warrant Officer Jan Esterhuysen and other concerned members were patrolling the area on Friday night when they heard a distress call on a farm next to the R54.
“They investigated and were surprised to see a pride of five lions on the farm busy feeding. They were able to identify a large male and four smaller lions. Tracking at night was difficult. Nature conservation and other role players are converging on the area to assess the situation,” he said.
Communities in the Fochville area were again warned to be vigilant and to report any sightings of the animals. They could call WO Esterhuysen on 079-895-0526 or 076-799-5371.