Johannesburg - If it sticks, Thursday’s High Court ruling to overturn the moratorium on trade in rhino horn leaves South Africa in contravention of the Cites ban on international trade.
The Environmental Affairs Department has announced that it would challenge the contentious court decision.
Johannesburg is next year’s host city to Cites (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) 2016 in September and October. The international ban on trade in rhino horn is likely to dominate the agenda.
Johannesburg was a deliberate choice. Announcing the decision in June, Cites secretary-general John Scanlon said that South Africa “is a highly appropriate location given the frontline wildlife challenges and opportunities being tackled on the African continent”.