Parliamentary Question: Patrolling and policing of the coastline

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QUESTION 1324

DATE OF PUBLICATION: MONDAY 26 APRIL 2010 [IQP No 11- 2010] SECOND SESSION, FOURTH PARLIAMENT

Question 1324 for Written Reply, National Assembly: Ms D Carter (Cope) to ask the Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries:

(1) Whether her department’s current level of patrolling and policing of the coastline will be maintained in equal measure immediately after the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup tournament; if so, for what period of time; if not,
(2) whether any measures are in place to compensate for the slackening of guard that may allow those who are being constrained by the extra vigilance to infiltrate the country; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW1556E

REPLY:
1) The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) will continue with its scheduled patrols on completion of the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup. However, after the last National Joint Operation (Operation Prosper), state departments have realised the importance of continuing with increased efforts on the maritime security front and to continue engaging and working with one another to ensure that South African waters are monitored effectively.
2) The DAFF will continue to monitor South African waters and to conduct fisheries patrols in conjunction with other enforcement agencies. Maximum utilisation will be made of the Vessel Monitoring System (which monitors the movements of all registered fishing vessels).