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Report environmental crimes!

The Department's Environmental Management Inspectors (“EMIs”) enforce and ensure compliance with our environmental legislation in the Western Cape. The EMIs are also commonly referred to as the “Green Scorpions” and are armed with a wide range of powers to investigate environmental crimes, including questioning of witnesses and interrogating alleged suspects; taking samples, photographs and audiovisual recordings. In certain circumstances, they may even conduct search and seizure operations and arrest an environmental criminal.

However, not all “Green Scorpions” are criminal investigators, some are empowered to conduct routine inspections to monitor compliance, while others undertake administrative enforcement by issuing notices and directives to alleged offenders.

All complaints / environmental crimes / incidents may be reported to: or reported on the 24 hour toll-free Incidents Hotline at 0800 205 005.