Harbour master working from car

Pumla Feni-Gela.

Hout Bay harbour master Pumla Feni-Gela has been working from her vehicle since August.

Ms Feni-Gela’s office was housed in one of two buildings belonging to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) that were burnt down on Sunday August 12.

Demonstrators protesting the alleged shooting of fisher Durick van Blerk by a police anti-poaching unit marauded through the harbour precinct setting fire to the buildings.

They later torched the Milner Road home of a DAFF official.

The Sentinel encountered Ms Feni-Gela performing her duties from her bakkie parked near Muriel’s Munchies restaurant.

Ms Feni-Gela is barred from speaking to the media without permission, and directed queries to the department. Our query was acknowledged by DAFF’s Merle van Diemel on Tuesday, but despite a follow-up query on Wednesday the department did not provide an answer by the time this edition went to print.

At the time of the protests, DAFF denied any involvement in Mr Van Blerk’s alleged shooting.

Spokesperson Khaye Nkwanyana said DAFF officers had only been on standby for the anti-poaching
operation and had not actively taken part.