Radley Keys, MPP
DA KZN Spokesperson on Conservation
At a meeting of the KZN Conservation portfolio committee, held last week, the DA raised the matter of the declaration of secrecy, an oath which employees are expected to sign.
After a considerable fight to have the decision reviewed, it was agreed that the board and their legal representatives would relook at the document.
While there is definitely a need to restrict information that may prejudice investigations into animal poaching in our province, an apartheid secrecy oath is not the way to go.
What is required is an agreement – drawn up by Ezemvelo – which is aimed at preserving the wildlife of our province and which ensures that criminal syndicates do not have access to critical information.