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Angry fishermen stage protest in Cape Town, South Africa by Bobby Jordan September 12,2017   |  Source: Herald Live

Quotas favour large companies, say community operators in South Africa.

Protesting fishermen used rope to barricade themselves in the foyer of a government building in Cape Town yesterday to draw attention to their grievances.

The group of about 60‚ mostly from fishing communities in the southern peninsula‚ tied the front door entrance of the Department of Agriculture‚ Forestry and Fisheries closed‚ insisting on a meeting with the minister, Senzeni Zokwana.

The protesters shouted and slammed their fists against a metal detector at the front reception‚ prompting security personnel to intervene.

The group dispersed after handing over a memorandum to officials in the absence of the minister‚ who is in China.

A follow-up meeting with Zokwana has been scheduled for next week.

Several protesters said fishing communities were struggling to survive due to the department’s recent fishing quota allocations‚ which they claimed favoured large companies at the expense of new entrants.

The group also claims to have been routinely ignored by senior officials‚ including Zokwana‚ despite the department’s professed development agenda.

“It is a sad reality that many South African government departments only react when communities are at the end of

 

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Theme(s): Fisheries Development and Aquaculture.

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