New twist in KZN Wildlife board case

2012-05-18 00:00

A HIGH court application that seeks to declare the appointment of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife’s board invalid and set aside all its decisions since 2006 was adjourned until September 3 following a new twist in the case yesterday.

Judge Pete Koen granted the postponement following the 11th-hour discovery by the Animal Interest Alliance (AIA) of allegedly crucial regulations that could affect the course of the case.

These regulations had not surfaced previously and are not dealt with in the court papers.

William Horsfield of the AIA said in an affidavit the regulations were uncovered “by chance” on Wednesday evening by an attorney during preparations for legal argument in the matter, which was set down to be heard yesterday and today.

He further alleged that it was evident that the then KZN MEC for Agriculture and Environmental Affairs, Lydia Johnson, had not complied with the requirements set out by the regulations.

The adjournment was therefore granted to allow the Environmental Affairs office time to investigate the validity of the regulations.

The regulations under the KZN Nature Conservation Management Act (said to have been promulgated in the provincial government gazette on January 15,1998) set out the legal requirements to be followed in relation to the appointment of the KwaZulu-Natal Nature Conservation Board.

The AIA and Shemungwe Game Capture are seeking to declare the appointment of the board and all subsequent actions and decisions taken by the board since 2006, to be invalid. They also challenge new wildlife permit systems being implemented by Ezemvelo.


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