Petition to keep Ezemvelo guarding KZN's coast

2016-09-01 18:10
Durban. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Durban. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Durban - A petition to ensure Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife keeps patrolling the province’s eastern coastline has gathered hundreds of signatures on civil action website change.org.

The petition was initiated by Democratic Alliance youth leader in Uthugulu region, Henning de Wet. He said Ezemvelo’s contract was taken away without reason in March. He hoped to collect 1 000 signatures and had thus far managed 709.

Ezemvelo was responsible for patrolling the 569km coastline. It was feared that poaching and over-fishing would rise sharply because of the decision to remove Ezemvelo as custodians.

“Ezemvelo and its predecessors have been looking after the KZN coast for decades and to remove this competency will be a disaster. We demand that Ezemvelo continue to protect the coastline or that government properly outline an alternative to take over the services,” De Wet said in his petition.

De Wet told News24 that Ezemvelo’s rangers had a wealth of experience from having patrolled the coast and guarded against illegal fishing and marine poaching for decades.

“The volunteers that Ezemvelo has are all over the coastline and assist with getting information on illegal fishing and poaching. We hope this petition will make an impact to have the voice of thousands heard.

“We want all of the beauty to be maintained. Ezemvelo has been here for decades. We want to ensure for there is something for future generations.”

The economic development, tourism and environmental affairs department declined to comment. Spokesperson Bheko Madlala said MEC Sihle Zikalala was still in talks with affected parties.

The view the petition, click this link.

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