KZN reserve situation ‘serious’

Published Oct 4, 2010

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The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal has commended government for deploying the army to restore order at Ndumo Game Reserve in Northern Zululand.

“The added security measures, brought about by provincial government, showed KwaZulu-Natal’s conservation department had realised the seriousness of the situation,” said the party’s conservation spokesperson Tom Stokes

The game reserve’s 12 km fence was cut down more than two years ago by local residents who wanted to plough in the fertile land inside the game reserve.

The restoration of the fence was expected to begin soon, it was reported on Monday.

“If the festering anarchy at Ndumo is to be brought to an end, then the rule of law must be upheld - without this, a valuable world heritage site will be completely destroyed,” said Stokes. - Sapa

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