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
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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