ANC fish­eries mis­man­age­ment to blame for Hout Bay ri­ots

The Times (South Africa) - - Opinion&letters -

● 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

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