Was the apparent death of a 'poacher' responsible for the Hout Bay protests?

Was the apparent death of a 'poacher' responsible for the Hout Bay protests?

- The probable death of a young poacher by the hands of Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries officials is believed to be the reason for recent Hout Bay protests

- It is reported the young man accused of illegally fishing in Hout Bay was believed shot during an altercation on Friday

- Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries buildings were set on fire during protests by protesters looking for the man

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It is believed a young "poacher" was shot by officials of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on Friday, 10 August.

Hangberg residents were angered and their frustration led to a clash with the police. Buildings in Hout Bay were set on fire as well as a vehicle as a result.

The fisher was presumed lost at sea after Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries officials fired shots after an altercation with the fisher and two others, as reported by IOL News.

It is not clear if the young man was actually shot but he has been missing since the incident.

The police confirmed a missing person case has been opened while two suspects were arrested for illegally fishing.

Residents of Hout Bay searched for the missing fisher, in his mid-twenties, on Sunday but he has not been found yet.

The protesters set fire to Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries buildings.

Briefly.co.za gathered that the protesters also went the home of an official and allegedly held his family hostage until officials came to the rescue. The official's vehicle was set on fire.

The National Sea Rescue Institute did start a search but difficult conditions hampered the search.

Three suspects were arrested in an ongoing case of illegal poaching.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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