The case against an unlicensed fisherman who was arrested for being in possession of 17 crayfish (twice the bag limit and some under-sized) and 164 mussels, has been postponed.
Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Paul Loubser and Constable Skhumbuzo Maphumulo of the Umzinto K9 Unit discovered the ‘catch-of-the-day’ when they arrested a 32-year-old man at Umkomaas beach in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday, South Coast Herald reported.
Permit-less Robert Chetty appeared in the Scottburgh Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday. He was released on bail of R500.
The case has been postponed to May 17.
This after the South Coast Herald reported that transgressors who disregard the rules and regulations of fishing could be faced with fines of up to R5-million or imprisonment not exceeding five years and, in the event of a second conviction or a subsequent conviction, a fine not exceeding R10-million rand or imprisonment for a period not exceeding 10 years.
“This is absolute rubbish! I have to work until 6pm and I earn just enough to cover rent, water and lights, fuel and what not. “This (fishing) is how I put food on the table for my children. They do not have a mother – they only have me,” said Umkomaas fisherman, Sam Naidoo.
– Caxton News Service