Ann McDonnell, MPL
DA KZN Spokesperson on Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs:
The Democratic Alliance notes with horror the revelation of yet another illegal development in the Jozini area. This time, as reported, the blame lies squarely at the door of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife which has received a hefty fine.
The development of this tourist lodge without the necessary Environmental Authorisation is redolent of the illegal drainage of wetlands in the province – another process without said authorisation – which has now fortunately been halted by the Green Scorpions.
This blatant disregard for environmental regulations cannot continue.
The DA will submit a written parliamentary question to MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu, under whose leadership KZN Ezemvelo falls.
We will interrogate the process used to provide authorisation for this latest illegal development. We will also query the Board of EKZN’s complicity along with the quality of the “rustic cabins”, which turned into hastily and badly erected Wendy houses to the tune of R3.5 million.
As the custodians of the natural assets of our province, Ezemvelo should be protecting this heritage. It should definitely not be part of the problem.