Minister slammed for 'racial utterances'

Tina Joemat-Pettersson is under fire for her comments on transformation in the fishing industry.

Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Tina Joemat-Pettersson. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson's recent remarks about transformation have been labelled as blatant racism.

The minister was in Mitchells Plain on Sunday at an event celebrating transformation in the fishing industry.

She said transformation in the sector has been inadequate.

"Come 2022 or 2024, those quotas cannot still be in the hands of white people," Joemat-Pettersson said.

Her statement has been slammed by marine consultant Shaheen Moolla.

"Such a statement is unlawful, unconstitutional and awfully racial. I think it's quite a divisive statement to make."

Moolla says over 60 percent of fishing quotas are currently owned by previously disadvantaged fishermen.