'Public Protector must investigate fishing rights process'

The DA wants Madonsela to investigate alleged maladministration in the Fishing Rights Allocation Process.

FILE: The DA want Madonsela to investigate alleged maladministration in the 2013 Fishing Rights Allocation Process. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it wants the Public Protector to investigate alleged maladministration in the controversial 2013 Fishing Rights Allocation Process.

Former Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson announced her decision to set the Fishing Rights Allocation Process aside last year, because it was fatally flawed and would not hold up to a court challenge.

According to two damning reports presented in Parliament recently, fisheries managers claim there were several instances of political interference during the roll out.

The DA's Annette Steyn says she's lodging an official complaint.

"In the new report that's been received, it was found that some of the officials informed the research team that they were told to change the fishing rights for certain people, without having knowledge of why they were supposed to do it."

Many commercial line fishermen who previously held fishing licences, lost out during the 2013 process.