UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

MOOSA CHALLENGED TO PROVE COMMITMENT TO RESPONSIBLE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

STATEMENT ISSUED BY PROF  MTUTUZELI MBADI, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS AND TOURISM

The refusal by the Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Vali Moosa, to speak out against the controversial practise of commercial hunting with hounds is in effect a disgraceful approval of this reckless and cruel practice. Furthermore, the UDM strongly condemns the Minister's lack of action and is disgusted that he did not heed the call to intervene and prevent this ridiculous proposal from continuing.

One of South Africa's greatest resources is the environment. Without correct legislative measures, and the promotion of sustainable development coupled with job creation, this country would be doing an injustice both to its people and its natural resources. The Minister ought to be able to take a simple stance on such a basic matter, which is riddled with irrational arguments by seemingly misinformed or misguided KZN Wildlife officials, thereby proving his commitment to sustainable development and responsible environmental management.

The UDM calls on the Minister to practice what he preaches, by putting a stop to this ludicrous proposal.

Enquiries:
Prof. Mbadi, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Environmental Affairs and Tourism
082 556 5048

Cape Town
17 July 2001