MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


IFP Question to Minister of Environmental Affairs
and Minister's Response:

Re: Ban of Trade in Lion Bone

  

INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO.5 OF 2014

 

DATE OF PUBLICATION   18 JULY  2014

 

Mr N Singh (IFP) to ask the Minister of Environmental Affairs:

 

Whether, with reference to her reply to question 1734 on 23 August 2011, confirming numerous exports of lion parts to a certain person (name furnished) in Lao People’s Democratic Republic, she will now consider banning all (a) further exports of lion bones, skeletons and carcasses and (b) other wildlife exports to the specified person, given that a substantial monetary reward has been issued by the State Department of the United States of America for information leading to the dismantling of a certain organisation (name furnished) of which he is the leader; if not, why not; if so, what steps will she take?

 

547.  THE MINISTER OF WATER AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS REPLIES:

 

Reply received: August 2014

 

PARLIAMENTARY QUESTION NO.547NW629E

 

(a)    and (b) Yes. Sections 88(2)(e), 92A and 93 of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, 2004 (Act No 10 of 2004) (NEMBA), as amended, provides for the issuing authority to defer a decision to issue a permit; refuse a permit; and to cancel a permit, in certain circumstances. The relevant MECs, who are the issuing authorities for the issuance of export permits to private individuals, including the specified person, in terms of Section 87A of the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act, 2004 (Act No. 10 of 2004) (NEMBA), will be instructed to implement these provisions. Furthermore, I will, in terms of Section 59(d) of NEMBA, instruct the MECs that permits should be refused where the specified person is involved as well as any other person involved in illegal wildlife related activities.

 

Issued by IFP Research, Parliament