Setting fire over fishing quotas

2017-09-19 06:00
Hanberg residenst took to the streets protesting fishing qoutas.

Hanberg residenst took to the streets protesting fishing qoutas.

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As life goes back to normal after a protest in Hangberg, the life of a 14-year-old boy who was shot hangs in the balance.

The boy had to undergo a second surgery to remove another bullet. He was shot at close range as residents took to the streets protesting fishing quotas in the area.

Ward councillor Roberto Quintas wrote on Facebook last week that he 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.

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. “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.

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