Ezemvelo: DA wants details on resignation

2015-09-18 10:32
Dr Bandile Mkhize has officially resigned from Ezemvelo. (Supplied)

Dr Bandile Mkhize has officially resigned from Ezemvelo. (Supplied)

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Durban - KwaZulu-Natal's official opposition has submitted parliamentary questions asking for further detail on “settlement agreement” with the former conservation boss Dr Bandile Mkhize.

DA environmental spokesperson Ann McDonnell, who submitted the questions to the KZN Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu, said the public deserved more answers.

On Thursday Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, which reports to Mabuyakhulu, issued a statement that they had “parted ways amicably” with the CEO who resigned officially on September 4. The statement said this was done “to ensure that the organisation becomes stable” and was “without a doubt, in the best interests of the organisation”.

Mkhize was suspended in December 2014 pending an investigation into his role in the implementation of a new organisational structure that has subsequently been reversed. The wildlife body was expected to begin with hearings into Mkhize’s conduct in August.

Neither Ezemvelo or Mkhize would disclose the terms of the settlement.

“The DA regards the department’s decision to walk away as questionable given its mandate of good governance and proper monitoring of its entities.

“In allowing this matter to be closed without any real consequence it has set a dangerous precedent, one which absolves high-ranking officials from accountability,” said McDonnell.

She said the DA has “several concerns around this decision” adding that Ezemvelo is a “public entity” and “answerable to the people of KZN”.

“The entity’s unwillingness to provide this information points to a veil of secrecy which cannot be tolerated,” said McDonnell.

Read more on:    ezemvelo kzn wildlife  |  pietermaritzburg  |  conservation

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