DA disturbed by SA fishing industry
CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Thursday it was perturbed by the ailing state of South Africa's fishing industry.
The opposition party is particularly concerned about abalone poaching in the Western Cape.
It blames the scourge on a lack of credible deterrence mechanisms.
The DA believes the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is making millions from abalone poaching.
DA MP Pieter van Dalen claims financial reports show the department is already budgeting in advance for the money it will earn from this source.
He believes this was a conflict of interest.
Van Dalen said he intended to write a letter to the Public Protector regarding the matter.
“The only reason they are doing that is because it is not in their interest to catch people with one or two perlemoen.
“They wait till it’s a lot and then they arrest the people so they can make money.”
Meanwhile Cape Town Safety and Security Mayco member JP Smith said by adopting a new six point plan the city also intends to help fight abalone poaching.
(Edited by Clare Matthes)