Paternoster hard hit by fishing woes
Coastal Links says drastic intervention is needed on the West Coast.
CAPE TOWN - Some Paternoster fishermen say their boats are stuck on dry land due to the allocation of fishing rights.
With elections just weeks away many say that even though they've registered to vote, they're not sure they actually will.
South Africans go the polls on 7 May.
Coastal Links, an organisation representing fishermen in the West Coast town, says its members have no faith in the current government.
Earlier this year 250 fishing licenses were awarded to fishermen, even though more than 1,560 applied in the traditional line fishing sector.
Paternoster resident Naomi Cloete, who was born and raised in this small fishing town, says the community is suffering.
She says the allocation of fishing rights in the sector has hit the community hard and dozens of families are struggling to put food on the table.
Cloete says although she's been part of the ANC for decades, she's undecided about who to vote for because she's tired of empty promises.
Coastal Links says drastic intervention is needed on the West Coast to protect fisherman as they are vulnerable and unprotected.
Meanwhile, the Paternoster Community Policing Forum (CPF) says drug abuse amongst idle young people is on the rise.
The forum is also concerned youth in the town are turning to crime because there are not enough jobs.
The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry said it would be heading to the courts in a bid to clear its name in March after a scathing report released by the public protector advised the president to take disciplinary action against Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson for reckless spending.