Cape Town – The harbour in Hout Bay was shut down on Sunday 12 August following the protest against the disappearance of a fisherman, believed to allegedly have been killed by anti-poaching officials.
According to members of the Hangberg community, the protests started when fisherman Deurick Van Blerk went missing. Deurick and two other fishermen were -allegedly- illegally fishing for crayfish on Saturday morning. Upon their return, anti-poaching officials from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) shot at the boat the three fishermen were using. The two fishermen were arrested, while Deurick remains missing.
Members of the community were enraged by the action of anti-poaching officials. Several buildings were set alight on Sunday. These include the DAFF building, as well as the home of a DAFF official, where the official’s spouse and children were under threat.
The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) went on a two-day search but still have not found Deurick.