This is despite the fact that Ndlovu’s representative had submitted that she was not opposed to the relief sought and requested to be excused from further proceedings as the minister would abide by the court’s decision after Cabinet at its meeting last week resolved to terminate all mining permits in wildlife reserves.
However, Sawunyama countered the argument saying the non-joinder did not destroy the case.
Zela and Chima applied to the High Court to stop the Chinese company from mining coal in the national park which hosts one of Africa’s largest elephant populations, saying such activities would cause devastating ecological degradation and force wildlife to flee.
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