MEC blames govt for boat accidents

2012-10-25 18:16

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."

  • suidlander.vanwyk - 2012-10-25 18:59

    wow, if you can't beat ANC in blame game then join them

      khethu.ndlovu.3 - 2012-10-25 19:04

      All along the blame was on apartheid, now its on the anc? Good one MEC.

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-10-25 19:00

    Whatever that mec smoke, must be very strong !

      neville.watson.94 - 2012-10-25 19:34

      The mec is right what do the anc knows of boats they can't even swim

      lindani.zulu2 - 2012-10-25 20:35

      Jayden the ANC owns no skipper. Cape town is being run by the DA and that bay is under their juristriction so they should make sure that the skipppers that are being hired are the right ones for the jobs they are hired for.. The ANC has nothing to do with that accident..

      kala.bafazi - 2012-10-26 08:37

      Lindani - I suggest you go back and read the article again, slowly. National Government,the anc, won't allow Provincial Government, the DA, to manage the harbours. I would copy and paste the relevant section for you but I think you need to start doing some things for yourself. Good luck.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-26 09:46

      It seems different rules apply to those with connections. If this was a traffic accident more people would be up in arms (Taxi driver without a permit, the same as a captain without a permit to carry passengers).

  • clive.brink - 2012-10-25 19:09

    Where human involvement is an element, like with aircraft, boating accidents will also always happen. Blame the ANC for a lot of things Honourable Carlisle, but not for this accident where the operator's negligence clearly played the leading part.

      neville.watson.94 - 2012-10-25 19:38

      What the MEC say is that there is no one to enforce the law , to see that the boat was sea worthy The only thing they do is to see how much money they can get

  • steve.werner.334 - 2012-10-25 19:10

    There are laws governing the use of vessels on the sea and even inland waters, but typical South Africa, nobody to enforce it. The legislation states who is accountable for the functions, but that does not mean action will be taken against the responsible Minister - you get my drift (pun not intended)

      kala.bafazi - 2012-10-26 08:40

      The government love proposing and instituing new laws without any consideration about who or how they are going to police them.

  • hannah.p.mostert - 2012-10-25 19:16

    Well done MEC for saying it like it is

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-10-25 19:43

      not entirely sure you can blame the government on this, much as I'd love to though. The lack of government checks has nothing to do with the fact the skipper was hired for a job he wasn't qualified for. The company boss is to blame for that. Add to that, the DA is the government of CT, why did the DA not ensure the safety of the harbours under their jurisdiction, or check the paperwork of each skipper was above board. The ANC has a huge amount to answer for, I just don't believe it is the case this time. The company owner should get nailed for hiring an incompetent skipper, he should also get nailed for not ensuring the boat was sea worthy, the laws are there, whether the ANC enforce them or not. I am a huge DA supporter, but this fella is wide of the mark I think.

      lindani.zulu2 - 2012-10-25 20:40

      Thank u rodney..this shows what kind of good white man you are. I hope u raise kids that have the same mentality as you.

      kala.bafazi - 2012-10-26 08:45

      Rodney - As I commented to Lindani, the National Government won't allow Provincial Government to manage the harbours. That being said though, one would expect responsible operators to ensure that equipment and staff are of the proper standards. Unfortunately it has to be enforced by the authorities. Imagine the taxi industry was not enforced and they were allowed to do as they please.

  • NtsikeleloNdlovu - 2012-10-25 19:33

    Last I checked the MEC is also govt and he has been serving in it since 2009. What has he done to evaluate the state of harbours since he took over as MEC? Now I may not be familiar with legislature dealing with Maritime Services and so forth, but in my understanding it should be the MEC's department that should've addressed this in liason with Nation Dept of Transport.

      Desilusionada - 2012-10-25 19:42

      NtsikeleloNdlovu You may be a pastor, but I pity your congregation, as you apparently cannot read. "Government failed to manage the harbours and equally refuse to allow local or provincial authorities to take the helm in this regard, said Carlisle." Translation of those squiggles mean that he had already done what you accuse him of not doing, and he is not allowed to do his job. As everywhere else where ANC/Gov is interfering and actively sabotaging local government.....

      lindani.zulu2 - 2012-10-25 20:25

      Stupid white MEC

      kala.bafazi - 2012-10-26 08:46

      Lindani - You just lost the last scrap of credibility you may have had with that comment.

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-10-25 19:57

    BS few months back I was on the same boat that sunk the only charter that went out that day all the other boat operator closed because of dangerous seas they take chances they took one that day and it was that captains biggest mistake. I remeber him say only god and the ocean can tip this boat and only the passengers can tip the crew! Guess all the person on that boats was sinners!!!!

  • lindani.zulu2 - 2012-10-25 20:22

    I thought if u are an MEC you are government Is this dude drunk or just being white? It seems like whites wanna blame the ANC for everything now...

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-26 09:50

      Central Gov. is in control of harbours, not local gov.

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