Fishing allocation process recreated

Newly appointed Minister Senzeni Zokwana is expected to be briefed on the issue next week.

Newly appointed Minister Senzeni Zokwana is expected to be briefed on the issue next week. Picture: Tahir Sema.

CAPE TOWN - The fishing rights allocation process is being recreated, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said on Friday.

A new roadmap is being drafted after former minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson announced her decision to scrap the flawed 2013 process.

This means licences for eight fishing sectors will have to be reissued.

Although there has been a change in the ministry, the department's Lionel Adendorf says the change will not affect the plan's implementation.

"That plan will only kick in once we have made sure that all the legal requirements are met."

Those who were granted licences during the previous process can continue fishing, pending a new round of allocations.

Newly appointed Minister Senzeni Zokwana is expected to be briefed on the issue next week.

He replaced Joemat-Pettersson whose term was marred by scandal, allegations of incompetency and a damning report by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.