Wednesday, August 19, 2015

DA calls for reconsideration of racial quotas in coastal communities

Mbasa Gqokoma
19 August 2015

The Democratic Alliance says it has written to the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Senzeni Zokwana to reconsider the application of racial quotas in the allocation of fishing quotas in coastal communities.

The department recently embarked on a series of nation-wide discussions to discuss the allocation of fishing rights with stakeholders in the small-scale fisheries industry.

During these discussions, it was suggested that racial quotas could be implemented to transform the sector.

Media Officer, Yaseen Carelse said, during these discussions it was suggested that racial quotas could be implemented to transform the sector.

Carelse said such a policy suggestion that national demographics considering the allocations of the quotas.

He said given the demographics at the Western Cape and the Northern Cape, applying these demographics will mean thousands of fisherman will lose their main source of income.


“The DA has received numerous complaints about this and we will ensure this matter is taken up with the Minister so that fishing communities do not get devastated by the ill-thought out politics of the ANC,” he concluded.  

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