Capetonians against fracking in the Karoo

A group of protesters have gathered outside Parliament to voice their opposition to fracking in the Karoo.

Protesters gather outside Parliament to show their opposition to the government’s decision to lift a moratorium on shale-gas exploration in the Karoo. Picture: Nathan Adams/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Protesters on Saturday gathered at the gates of Parliament to oppose fracking in the Karoo.

Earlier in September, Cabinet announced its decision to lift a moratorium on fracking.

Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu said there will be no hydraulic fracking for now at least.

Only geological explorations will be allowed.

Exploration licenses will be issued to companies to ascertain the viability of fracking.

A small but vocal group of protesters gathered at the entrance to Parliament.

Many, armed with posters, said it is a mistake to give the go ahead for fracking in the Karoo.

Some activists said the public participation process was not inclusive enough.

The Treasure of the Karoo Action Group has stated it is looking at legally challenging government's decision.

Environmental activists said they will not be ignored or bullied by big businesses, they believe are only motivated to make a profit.