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CT fishing vessel captain found guilty of water pollution

The man was found guilty of discharging. He must pay a fine of R300,000 or serve a two-year prison term.

Cape Town Harbour. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - A man has been convicted of charges relating to water pollution, a criminal charge described to be the country’s first.

The man was found guilty of discharging. He was convicted last week.

He must pay a fine of R300,000 or serve a two-year prison term. The sentence is suspended for five years.

The Environmental Affairs Department's Marie-Louise Lume said: “The Department of Environmental Affairs welcomes the criminal conviction of a captain of a registered fishing vessel, who was found guilty of discharging sewage into the water in October at the Cape Town Harbor.”

(Edited by Mihlali Ntsabo)

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