In it he makes the claim, that a blind eye was cast during the years of apartheid, over lion eating mozambique illegal immigrants and I don't believe that.
What could the authorities have done to stop the lions eating the refugees ?
The border is impossible to watch in its entirety .
Certain of the refugees were caught a few times , some within 3 weeks of their last repatriation , so desperate were they to escape the civil war in Mozambique , and they travelled mostly at night to escape detection , and that is the time when lions become so bold and lose their instinctive fear of humans .
It would be useful if someone who was actually involved in the patrols of the boarder were to give a view. In the book, Frump states it had been happening throughout the 20th Century, but before 1994 there were major army and air force border patrols preventing terrorists entering S.A. from Mozambique. Plus, as I have said, the fence was electrified and that was turned off in 1994.
I am not saying it did not ever happen, I just don't believe that South Africans at that time would have ignored it. Many writers try to portray South Africans then as the equivalent of the Nazis and the SS.
I went to Moz from the Kruger several times and stayed at the Polana and in all that time I never heard anything or any gossip about refugees being eaten. I think it is more likely that it began when the boarder patrols were wound down.
In the book, he claims that all lion in The Kruger have eaten human beings which would certainly explain their familiarity and they are becoming too close for comfort. I heard that the private lodges are getting worried. Any thoughts on that?
Of course the South African government gave substantial support (of course with certain western powers turning a blind eye to it and in fact clandestinely supporting it) to the Renamo guerillas who were at war with Marxist Frelimo government . As a result of this Renamo controlled the area in Mozambique to the east of the KNP , so there was thus no longer a terrorist threat to South Africa from that area .
The RSA security forces were of course relatively thinly spread , taking into account the various other theatres of counter insurgency war it was involved in (in particular the Angolan border with SWA / Namibia ) , and the long border line with Mozambique would have in any been impossible to patrol effectively to prevent refugees crossing without a major army presence and infrastructure being established within the KNP - which would not have been allowed , thus the Renamo dominance of western Mozambique suited RSA perfectly , and was in fact part of the long term strategy , as was RSA'S support of Unita in Angola - but that is an entirely different story ...
As far as the Polana hotel & gossip within its comfortable confines concerning the problems of refugees crossing the border : The guerilla war was far removed from the city , except the odd visit by RSA special forces and Airforce visiting the city , the guerilla war was hardly on the minds of those able to afford the charms of that hotel ...
I certainly question the assertion that all Kruger lions have eaten human flesh , but there was certainly many a lion who did in the eastern areas , myself having seen the skulls of people killed by lion in the area .
I have also personally witnessed unusually bold behaviour by lions when on foot in the eastern area .