Officials from the troubled Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife were sent packing by members of the provincial Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) after failing to come up with a turnaround plan to rectify poor management practices at the entity.
A clandestine deal that would have seen Swazi king Mswati III benefit from KwaZulu-Natal’s natural treasures was scuppered after a concerned whistleblower raised the alarm.
KZN’s former wildlife boss, who spent nearly a year under suspension, was paid close to R2 million in a settlement agreement.
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife bought a farm in Ulundi and sold it off to the state at a R5 million loss less than three years later.
An illegal hunter who was found trespassing on iSimangaliso Wetland Park property last year was sentenced to 10 years in prison recently.
Former Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife CEO Dr Bandile Mkhize, who was suspended last December over the failed attempt to roll out a new staff management and payment structure, was paid out one’s year salary as part of his settlement agreement with EKZNW.
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