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Former fishermen stages protest against bail for Fishrot Six

Former fishermen stages protest against bail for Fishrot Six

Niël Terblanché

A SMALL portion of the 2 500 fishermen that were fired from various factories without ceremony after they participated in an industry wide strike towards the end of 2015 and who still gathers at the Kuisebmond Stadium in Walvis Bay once a week, staged a peaceful protest against the possibility of bail being granted to the Fishrot Six in Windhoek.

 

Most of the 4 500 fishermen that went on strike four years ago, lost their jobs as a direct result of the withholding and manipulation of fishing quotas by the men implicated in the scandal.

 

Video: A small portion of the thousands of fishermen that lost their jobs as a result of the manipulation of fishing quotas since 2014r stage a protest at the Kuisebmond Stadium in Walvis Bay to demand that no bail should be granted to the six men implicated in the fisheries scandal. Footage: Courtesy of Petrus Immanuel.

 

The revelations made by Jóhannes Stefánsson, the former managing director of the Icelandic multinational fishing company, Samherji’s, operations in Namibia, not only set loose a corruption scandal in the country that led to the arrest of former fisheries minister Bernhard Esau, former justce minister Sacky Shanghala, James Hatuikulipi, Tamson Hatuikulipi, Ricardo Gustavo and Pius Mwatelulo last week, but also opened old wounds and sparked hope that their plight might to get their jobs back might be reviewed.

 

The accused persons were supposed to continue with their formal bail application in the Windhoek Magistrate’s Court on Monday but as procedures started, legal representatives of the suspects informed the court that they will only bring the application late in February next year.

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