MEC warns KZN Wildlife

2013-04-17 00:00

THE newly appointed board and chief executive of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife came under fire for snubbing the conservation and agriculture portfolio committee in the KZN Legislature yesterday.

CEO Bandile Mkhize and the board members were conspicuously absent at the meeting, which was to scrutinise the board’s budget.

Some senior and junior officials were in attendance.

Mkhize had given an apology.

The apparent snub by Mkhize and the board came almost a year after he and the Ezemvelo chairperson, Comfort Ngidi, failed to turn up for a budget hearing.

At the time, finance portfolio committee chairperson Belinda Scott accused the wildlife organisation of holding the legislature in contempt.

At yesterday’s meeting, Agriculture and Environmental Affairs MEC Meshack Radebe could not hide his annoyance.

“This is a brand-new board. Hardly two months after their appointment, they are not here.

“I hope it is the first and the last. In future, when you come without the board, we will ask you to leave,” Radebe told the officials at the meeting.

The MEC said the portfolio committee did not consider the political affiliation of employees of Ezemvelo.

He said the conservation body should make a written representation to the portfolio committee chairperson about the absence of the board and Mkhize.

He added that Ezemvelo should be accountable for its finances. “That is not negotiable.”

It had launched projects and undertaken overseas trips without his knowledge or seeking his approval.

“I have raised the problem with Bandile personally that there is a concern, but there is no change.”

The MEC warned that he had the authority to revoke the powers of the board.

“We are not going to allow this to go on as if Ezemvelo is a department,” he said.

Tom Stokes of the Democratic Alliance supported Radebe, saying Ezemvelo was not a private entity, but rather a public company under the control of the provincial government.

“The current laissez faire attitude of the CEO and the board to these requirements needs to change.

“The DA welcomes the MEC’s stance and the fact that he has now drawn a line in the sand,” Stokes said.

Mkhize told The Witness that he had been in Pretoria with the chief executive officers of other agencies to discuss a forthcoming rhino summit.

He insisted that he had tendered his apology and had mandated executive director Bheki Khoza to lead the Ezemvelo delegation to the meeting.

“I know I did tender an apology. I sent a senior manager, Mr Khoza, who is well versed with Ezemvelo.

“It was adequate to have him there,” Mkhize said.

He declined to comment on the other issues raised by Radebe.

Ngidi said the board was not invited to the meeting and was not aware of it.


Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.