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Media Release: DAFF takes full responsibility for foodcorp-deal
Time:14 May 2014
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12 May 2014


The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) takes full responsibility for the FoodCorp-deal and have already started a process to investigate this matter and to identify people who might have been responsible for it.
According to the delegation of authority, signed by Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson at the assumption of duty, and in line with Section 79 of the Marine Living Resources Act (MLRA), the Minister delegated all the powers conferred upon her in terms of the MLRA except the power to make regulations.
She then, according to Section 80 of the MLRA, would then act only as the appeals authority.
As a result of this, Minister Joemat-Pettersson was never involved in, consulted on, or her advice was never sought on the allocation of rights, issuing, transferring, revoking, suspending, cancelling, altering or reducing of permits, rights or licenses, the determination of total allowable catches or even the establishments of zones or areas for subsistence fisheries.
It is therefore incorrect and unfair to suggest, infer, assume or imply that Minister
Joemat-Pettersson was involved in the FoodCorp-deal or had any say on the deal.
As the delegated authority, DAFF takes full responsibly for the deal, commit itself to investigate the involvement of staff members involved in it, promise to take the necessary steps if anyone is found to have done wrong and we will do whatever is required to ensure that the deal be either rescinded or done in a fair and transparent way.

DAFF Media Statement 1/2

We wish to point out that it is not the first time that the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is blamed for unpopular decisions made by the Fisheries Branch of DAFF. Such suggestions seek to apportion blame away from those who made the decisions as per the delegation of authority and prevented the DAFF to do what is right and responsible.
When those individuals are then identified and acted against, the secondary suggestion, that they become the ?°fall guys?± for the Minister or that they are ?°taking blame?± or are being ?°scapegoats?±, is then perpetuated. As a responsible government, we are required to act against staff that are found to have done wrong and cannot, with the help of the public and media, protect them.
Lionel R. Adendorf

Director: Communication Services (Fisheries) Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries CAPE TOWN

Cell: +27 76 267 5838
Tel: +27 21 402 3702
Fax: +27 21 425 8635

DAFF Media Statement 2/2

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