Duo arrested in Cape Town for R1.7million's worth of abalone

Two suspects were arrested on the R300 highway on Tuesday, after officers found the duo with fourteen large bags of abalone worth about R1.7 million.

According to the mayco member for safety and security, JP Smith, law Enforcement officers on the R300 highway observed a vehicle driving without consideration for fellow road users.

‘’Once the vehicle was stopped and the driver interviewed, officers detected a strong scent from the vehicle. At first not able to offer any reasonable explanation, the officers sought permission from the driver to conduct a search.’’

The abalone and vehicle was subsequently confiscated.

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‘’An aspect needing serious and urgent intervention. Already the City of Cape Town has made a dedicated investigative resource available to our local SAPS to assist with prosecuting the kingpins of these criminal organisation's that link to the overseas blackmarkets,’’ said JP Smith, Mayco member for safety and security.

Smith blamed the opposition, ANC, for not combating poaching in the province.

The DA's Dave Bryant, Shadow Minister for Department of Forestry, Fishery and the Enviroment shared Smith’s sentiments.

"The much anticipated rock lobster enforcement strategy, which was supposed to have been signed off in March already, has instead now been sent back for further consultations. Instead of targeting the poaching syndicates the ANC prefers to further curtail recreational fishing, which comprises a tiny percentage of catch and helps to grow tourism and the local economy."


Done By: Mitchum George


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