MEC blames govt for boat accidents

2012-10-25 18:16
The Miroshga (Picture: Die Burger)

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Johannesburg - National government's gross negligence of the country's harbours causes boat accidents, Western Cape MEC for Transport Robin Carlisle said on Thursday.

"When harbours are neglected in this disgraceful way, we should not be surprised that such horrific incidents occur, nor should we expect that the Miroshga disaster would be the last," he said.

The charter boat Miroshga overturned in Hout Bay two weeks ago with 39 people on board. British tourist Peter Hyett, 64, and crew member John Roberts, 37, drowned.

In an accident report released on Wednesday, the SA Maritime Safety Authority (Samsa) said flooding caused the boat to capsize.

It also found that the skipper did not have the relevant certificate to operate the boat.

In addition there was negligence, as the boat was unseaworthy.

Carlisle said he had forwarded the Samsa report to relevant authorities for further action.

Government failed to manage the harbours and equally refuse to allow local or provincial authorities to take the helm in this regard, said Carlisle.

"This tragic incident must be seen against the gross neglect by national government of small harbours over the past 20 years.

"There has been virtually no management, regulation, inspection, security or investment."

- SAPA
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