Minister's decision frustrates fisherman
The minister’s decision to scrap the fishing rights allocation process has angered Hout Bay fishermen.
- Fishing rights
- Fishermen denied fishing rights
- Denied fishing rights allocations
- Fishing rights process to be audited
- Tina Joemat Peterson
- Fishing rights allocation process was flawed and would be set aside
- Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries Minister
- Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat Peterson
CAPE TOWN - Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina-Joemat Peterson's decision to scrap a controversial 2013 fishing rights allocation process doesn't appear to sit well with many Hout Bay fishermen.
Last week, the minister announced the process will be set aside, after it was found to be flawed.
A 63-year-old man, who has been a fisherman for four decades, says Hout Bay fishermen are worried about whether they'll have permits ahead of the fishing season in November.
He says most of them have been without work since the beginning of the process last year, and are struggling to make ends meet.
He adds if he goes through another season without a permit, he will spend a second Christmas without food on his family's table.
"It's going to be a black Christmas; nothing for the children and nothing to eat."
He says the community is prepared to take to the streets if this process is not resolved soon.