It said the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic had routinely protested unauthorised fishing in its exclusive economic zone area.
“There is no record of any Sahrawi consent to the catch and export of the fish aboard the Green Glacier. And, in the circumstances, the export of a resource from a territory under illegal armed occupation is a crime, the war crime of pillage.”
The organisation asked the Cape Town harbour master, Capt Alex Miya, to obtain the document of the vessel cargo’s origins and whether such cargo had been lawfully carried out of occupied Western Sahara into South Africa.
“If the cargo aboard the vessel has, in fact, originated from Western Sahara, we ask that it be detained and that documents obtained be provided to us.
“The act of detaining the vessel and cargo would be reported to police authorities and, we recommend, South Africa’s foreign ministry for further action.