Residents protest fishing quotas

2017-09-12 14:17
Hangberg residents up in arms.

Hangberg residents up in arms.

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Hangberg residents broke out in protest over fishing quotas at the Hout Bay harbour this morning.

Ward councillor Roberto Quintas wrote on Facebook: “I have received reports that about 50 members of Hangberg's fishing community are allegedly protesting [against] the national department of forestry, fisheries and agriculture's quotas and permits policies,” he says.

City of Cape Town Law Enforcement has closed access to Harbour Road from the Circle at Harbour and Victoria due to the protest and in the interest of public safety.

Quintas says whilst there may be legitimate concerns which must be addressed by that department, he fully supports the right to protest as enshrined in the Constitution.

“I cannot condone the restriction of movement caused by blocking of roads which in itself impact on the freedom of movement of others, itself a right enshrined in the Constitution. I further condemn the damages to roads and property through the burning of tyres as the repairs of such impact on the service delivery rollouts planned and budgeted for. Furthermore, it is condemnable that businesses in the harbour area which support many local Hangberg jobs are put at risk, as this may potentially impact negatively on the job security of our community as well as local business and investment,” he says.

Police and Law Enforcement officers are on scene monitoring the situation.

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