The contentious issue of fishing rights in the Eastern Cape came to a head on Wednesday as more than 70 people staged a peaceful protest at Department of Agriculture‚ Forestry and Fisheries offices in Port Elizabeth. They said they would continue their sit-in until Minister Senzeni Zokwana addresses their concerns. Protester Gilberts Kido said the sit-in followed a hunger strike that was suspended on Tuesday. Five people fasted for seven days‚ and Kido said he had hoped Wednesday’s protest would increase pressure on government officials to accommodate people’s demands. "The people are tired of hearing promises‚ so they decided that this is a now or never action‚ and it will continue indefinitely until these demands are met. It very well [could last days]," he said. Kido said fishermen‚ processors‚ and divers had gathered to advocate for small-scale fisheries. He said the minister and senior officials made a series of promises in April‚ but none had been fulfilled and frustrations we...

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