ANC fisheries mismanagement to blame for Hout Bay riots
● The ongoing dilemma of fishing access as well as inequalities and the state of pandemic corruption inside South Africa’s fisheries industry are the handiwork of serially corrupt ANC-deployed cadres whose job it is to divert lucrative fishing rights to politically connected cronies.
The Hout Bay flare-up by fishermen was a direct result of politically deployed ANC cadres giving big fishing quotas and highvalue tenders to their cronies, who have never even wet a finger in the sea.
But they own huge fishing quotas worth tens of millions, while the bona fide fishermen such as the Hout Bay traditional fishers, like in all coastal communities along our country’s coastline, are deprived of a right to go to sea to make a living.
The source of the problems facing our country’s severely disadvantaged artisanal fisherfolk occupy the senior posts at the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’ Cape Town headquarters.
It is ANC cadres in the state fisheries management department who are directly responsible for the poverty, hunger and dire suffering of many of the impoverished inhabitants of communities along our coastline.
Local traditional fishers must stand and watch how ANC cadres inside the state fisheries management department in Cape