The South African government says it will allow free solo climbers to return home after their 10-year legal battle against the government’s ban on their climbing gear.
A ruling by a South African judge last month effectively banned climbers from climbing on the summit of the Mt Everest in South Africa after the death of an elderly climber.
The ruling also made it illegal to climb the summit without a permit from the government.
The ruling sparked an outcry from some who believed the ban was needed to keep out foreign climbers.
The South African climber movement, the Freedom Climbers Association, had called on the government to reconsider its decision, but the government has said it will not budge.
We will not accept a ban on free climbing unless it is to protect our people, said the South African minister of environment, resources and environment, John Rilke.
The ban was first imposed in 2008.
Last year, the government appealed against the ruling, arguing that it was an emergency measure that was necessary to protect the public from foreign climbers, and was therefore legal.
But a judge ruled that the ban violated the freedom of speech and association guaranteed under South Africa’s constitution.
The government has argued that the rule was needed in order to protect against foreign climbers who were coming into South Africa to commit suicide and other crimes.
South Africa’s Supreme Court has since upheld the ban.
The Free Climbers Federation, which represents climbers on the mountain, said on Monday that the government should reconsider its ruling.
“Free climbing should be an expression of freedom of expression.
If the government thinks that a free climbing group should be restricted, then the government can’t make a law.
It must reconsider its judgement and let free climbing return to the country,” said the federation’s director, Peter Dreyer.
“We are very concerned about the impact of this ruling and its impact on free climbers and on South Africa.”
Rio de Janeiro, where the Olympics are being held, is the last major summit on the world’s tallest mountain.
It has been the subject of criticism for its strict restrictions on climbers.
In 2011, South Africa became the first country in the world to ban all climbers from entering the city.
This year, however, South African authorities say that they will allow climbers to climb without permits, in accordance with an international agreement that aims to reduce the number of people descending Everest each year.