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15 Sep 2017, Hout Bay: The police's attempts to disperse people protesting in Hout Bay went horribly wrong when a young boy was shot in the mouth in the process. It’s believed Hangberg residents were protesting over the upcoming fishing quota cuts.
The South African reported that the child was hiding underneath an upturned wooden table behind burning debris that was strewn and set alight by residents.
Three people, the child and two women, hid under the table. An officer fired several shots at them from a short distance away. People watching from the sand dunes yelled at the officer to stop.
The boy, who must be younger than 10, ran to the sidewalk, fell to his knees and spat out blood. It looked like he was shot in the mouth.
Despite the child being injured, police continued firing at the protestors. Fearing that they may be shot, onlookers kept their distance, but eventually ran to help the boy.
Five minutes later, an officer put the child in his van and drove him to the hospital.
Last week, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) said rock lobster quotas would decrease even more this season.
The residents also rioted over systemic service delivery problems, as well as a breakdown in communication between the community and the City of Cape Town.
Zaida Arendse, who lost her job when a fishing factory shut down in 2010, asked why the residents have to riot to be heard.
Earlier this week, numerous Hout Bay fisher representatives joined a delegation at the DAFF offices in Cape Town, but their calls to meet with Minister Senzeni Zokwana were denied, because he was is China at the time.
They then decided to protest to have their requests heard.
Traffic in the area was severely affected, with drivers driving to Mariner’s Wharf parking lot and onto the beach. It’s believed at least one car got stuck in the sand.
Also, residents helped about 150 stranded tourists leave the area and walked them down the beach.
After police tried to disperse the protestors, the residents then called on people not to get violent, saying they don’t want anyone to get hurt.