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Havoc as buildings, home in Hout Bay set alight following death of at least one fishe

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Residents of Hout Bay who are upset about circumstances surrounding the apparent death of at least one suspected poacher have set alight several buildings in and around the harbour on Sunday afternoon.

A source who lives in the Hangberg community, and who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they were upset as officials had allegedly shot at a boat of poachers on Saturday, killing a man.

The City's safety and security mayoral committee member JP Smith said a group of protesting people had attacked city vehicles and the police.

He said the wife and child of a fisheries department official in Hout Bay were attacked in their private home, with people shooting flares and throwing stones.

One home burnt to the ground while another property had slight damages, he added.
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More at: https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/...wing-death-of-at-least-one-fisherman-20180812 (contains autoplaying vid advert)
 

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Hout Bay protests result of a misunderstanding - DAFF

The violent protests in Hout Bay on Sunday may have been sparked by a misunderstanding regarding an anti-poaching operation, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) said.

"None of the DAFF officials assisted, but they were on standby. The special task force arrested two suspects at sea and one suspected poacher jumped overboard and is still missing," DAFF spokesperson Khaye Nkwanyana said.

A fishing boat with crayfish and fishing nets were seized during the operation.

"The suspected poachers presumed that one of our officials Bernie Smal had been instrumental in the operation. Today, a huge crowd stormed Hout Bay harbour and burnt two of our offices and another group went to our official’s house and set it alight."

Nkwanyana added that police have taken Smal and his family to a place of safety.

"The police will continue to maintain public order in the area and we have organised private security to guard Mr Smal’s residence and our property in the harbour," he said.
More at: https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/hout-bay-protests-result-of-a-misunderstanding-daff-20180812 (Autoplaying vid advert)
 

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'We don’t go to sea to kill you guys, so why do you shoot us?' - angry Hangberg resident asks

Believing that members of an anti-poaching patrol had killed a fisherman from their community, protestors shut down Hout Bay harbour on Sunday 12 August, setting alight two government buildings and the home of a local fisheries official.

By 15:00 police had cleared the area, but unrest seemed set to continue into the evening, according to a GroundUp report on Sunday.

The protest was sparked by the disappearance of Deurick van Blerk, 25, after a boat chase in the early hours of Saturday morning, Hangberg residents said. Van Blerk and two other men had been illegally catching crayfish off Cape Point Nature Reserve but were intercepted on their return by a patrol vessel belonging to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF).

Officials had shot out the engine of van Blerk’s semi-inflatable boat, or rubber duck, arresting the other two men, residents said. Van Blerk had gone missing, and more than a day later he had still not returned.

Photographs of van Blerk’s rubber duck, taken at Table Bay police station after the incident, show multiple bullet holes through the engine and pontoons. Friends and family of the suspected poachers, including van Blerk’s girlfriend, who is eight months pregnant, had driven through to the cells on Saturday morning.

There they heard from the surviving men that van Blerk had been struck by a bullet “and then shot on purpose again,” said one of the visitors. He asked not to be identified as he currently has an abalone poaching case against him.

By the time of writing DAFF had not yet responded to questions. This story will be updated with their comments.
More at: https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/...hoot-us-angry-hangberg-resident-asks-20180812
 

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So excessive force by the police leads to violence ... wow who would EVER had thought that might happen.
 

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The nanny-state law that prevents people from making a living from the sea should definitely be reviewed.
 

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The nanny-state law that prevents people from making a living from the sea should definitely be reviewed.
Nanny stater law :crylaugh:

Anyway, yeah, unless they're poaching, in which case they're more than likely involved in other activities as well. Poachers are no joke, ask the residents of Pearly Beach, etc etc.

And they so love to play the poverty card.
 

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Nanny stater law :crylaugh:

Anyway, yeah, unless they're poaching, in which case they're more than likely involved in other activities as well. Poachers are no joke, ask the residents of Pearly Beach, etc etc.

And they so love to play the poverty card.
They only poach because there's laws preventing them to fish legally. It's the same with all animals.
 

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They only poach because there's laws preventing them to fish legally. It's the same with all animals.
I'm going with the assumption that these guys are the same caliber of poacher you hopefully don't encounter at Hawston and Gansbaai. If that's the case, shoot to kill.
 

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I agree when they start burning shît, but still that only put a band-aid on one of the symptoms. There's a much bigger problem.
Have you ever had any interaction with poachers? This is not a result of laws, it's purely greed.

At Pearly Beach they won't hesitate to chase you from the beach and threaten you with death if you don't comply. They will damage your boat and trailer, and fishing gear. These guys are a menace.

EDIT: About 15 years ago I worked at a horse kack pub in Kleinmond, where these guys hung out. You want to avoid them.
 
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Residents of Hout Bay who are upset about circumstances surrounding the apparent death of at least one suspected poacher
I read poacher and immediately thought since when does Cape Town have rhinos. :eek:
 

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Have you ever had any interaction with poachers? This is not a result of laws, it's purely greed.

At Pearly Beach they won't hesitate to chase you from the beach and threaten you with death if you don't comply. They will damage your boat and trailer, and fishing gear. These guys are a menace.

EDIT: About 15 years ago I worked at a horse kack pub in Kleinmond, where these guys hung out. You want to avoid them.
If they opperate like a gang as you suggest the same as taxi associations for example it is because of the laws.

Normal legal fishermen that I do interact with don't opperate like criminals, because there isn't the same preventative or protectionist laws. However they should really learn to clean up after themselves.
 

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Normal legal fishermen that I do interact with don't opperate like criminals, because there isn't the same preventative or protectionist laws. However they should really learn to clean up after themselves.
So legal fishermen and poachers have different laws? :erm:
 
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