Mineral Resources Minister, Suzan Shabangu, says the environmental management inspectors employed to enforce mining regulations are not required to have a legal background or compliance skills.
Responding to a Parliamentary question posed by the Democratic Alliance, Shabangu said that only 84 inspectors are employed by her department to ensure compliance with environmental laws.
In the same vein, Centre for Environmental Rights executive director, Melissa Fourie, says it is a concern that inspectors are not required to have a legal background or specialist skills in compliance or investigations. Fourie argues that, “They [the department] are trying to do compliance and enforcement with the wrong skills.”
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