House Chairperson, yesterday was the commemoration of the death of Vuyisile Mini, a leader of the workers and a leader of the poor. We celebrate his tireless struggle to truthfully fight for the plight of those who do not have. [Interjections.] Vuyisile Mini was a leader of the people of South Africa, not a sectoral Vuyisile Mini. [Interjections.]
Cope supports the Bill. We support the Bill, but not because it was a cake given to our people by Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson. We support it because of the tireless struggle of the people sitting in the gallery and those outside, who took the South African government to court after it passed the Marine Living Resources Bill in 1998. They said to government that what it had done in passing the 1998 Bill was to exclude them, the small-scale fishermen. It was they who took this government to court, and they won, and government was instructed by the court that there must be a plan and an amendment of this Bill.
Therefore, "Tell no lies. Claim no easy victories", as Cabral said. It was not the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries that brought this about; it was brought about by those people sitting there, who stood up and fought for their rights. [Applause.] [Interjections.]
The transformation ... [Interjections.]