Fishermen vow to continue protests
Hout Bay fishermen embarked on protests after two fishermen went missing while fishing illegally.
CAPE TOWN - Some fishermen in Hout Bay say they will continue with their protest action until their demands are met.
Protesters on Wednesday blocked the entrance to the Hout Bay Harbour after receiving news of two fishermen who have apparently drowned.
The two men fell into the water while fishing in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
It's believed they were fishing illegally as they hadn't been granted fishing rights.
Fisherman Leon Marcus has blamed the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries for the incident, saying the community has been overlooked when it comes to the awarding of fishing rights.
"They allocated about 90-something permits in the community while they know there are over 100 fishermen in this community."
He says that as is the case with the two missing fishermen, many of them fish at night as they have no other option.
"Now those who don't have permits are classified as poachers because they don't have a license to catch fish, so we have to go catch fish at night."