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Court interdict to suspend hake trawling 'unlawful' - minister

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Cape Town – The Western Cape High Court ruling granting an interdict which suspends hake inshore trawling is unlawful and undermines his authority, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana said at a media briefing on Friday. 

Zokwana said he was “greatly perturbed” by the interim interdict granted by Judge Lee Bozalek on Tuesday, following an application from Viking Inshore Fishing which was unhappy about the new fishing quotas that had come into effect since the beginning of the year. 

“Of greatest concern is that the court order denies my legal right and obligation as the minister to decide any appeals that may be filed in terms of the provisions of the Marine Living Resources Act,” Zokwana said. 

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