Poo wars come to Port Elizabeth

FIRED-UP FISHERMEN: Members of the Eastern Cape Black Fisherman's Association protest in Port Elizabeth yesterday.  Picture: MIKE HOLMES
FIRED-UP FISHERMEN: Members of the Eastern Cape Black Fisherman’s Association protest in Port Elizabeth yesterday. Picture: MIKE HOLMES

THE posh restaurant strip in Port Elizabeth’s Richmond Hill came to a standstill yesterday as angry fishermen stormed the Fishery Compliance Office in Stanley Street, throwing buckets of faeces onto the office floor while singing and dancing.

The placard-carrying group of almost 200 representatives from the newly formed Eastern Cape Black Fishermen’s Association are unhappy with the slow transformation in the fishing industry, and allege fronting by other fishing rights owners.

Yesterday was the deadline for appeals to be lodged with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) by fishermen whose applications for long-term fishing rights were denied. – Cindy Preller and Unathi Shologu

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