MEC must provide answers over appointment of KZN Ezemvelo Wildlife Board members

Radley Keys, MPP

DA KZN Spokesperson on Conservation and Environmental Affairs

The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal submitted written parliamentary questions to Conservation MEC, Meshack Radebe, asking whether comprehensive background checks were done on all members of the new KZN Ezemvelo Wildlife board prior to their being appointed.

This comes after a media report which reveals that board member, Bafana Nkosi, resigned as head of a medical aid scheme following claims of financial mismanagement.  The article states that Nkosi left the company before he could face an internal disciplinary hearing.  It also states that it is unclear whether MEC Radebe or his senior officials conducted background checks on Nkosi, with the MEC quoted as saying that Nkosi was “open enough and honest about his qualifications and experience”.

If this is the case, then why was he made a board member?  Nobody should be appointed under a cloud of suspicion.

If proper background checks were not done, then the DA wants to know why. Should these allegations prove founded and if the integrity of any member is in question then the Board has been compromised.

Given the challenges facing Ezemvelo, the MEC of all people should realise the importance of a Board that is beyond reproach.

The DA is extremely disappointed that the focus is now on the suitability of a board member rather than on the real issues.  We expect the MEC to order an urgent e post factum investigation and for the situation to be corrected as a matter of urgency if any individual board member is found wanting.

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