SAPS NEWS CAPE TOWN: Abalone worth R1-Million Seized in Burgundy Estate
Media Statement from Western Cape Media Centre
South African Police Service
The police in the province are working tirelessly to close down syndicates who are stealing our maritime resources. This morning members from the Western Cape Flying squad conducting an intelligence driven operation, spotted a white Opel Corsa in De Wingerd Avenue, Burgundy Estate, they stopped it. Upon searching the vehicle, police discovered a false compartment between the back seat and built in speakers in the
Further investigation led the police to the residence of the suspect where bags containing shucked abalone and four scales were found in a courtyard. In the bedroom numerous items of equipment generally used in illegal abalone processing facilities which includes, large steel cooking pots, gas cylinders and burners, fans, large plastic containers and bags of salt were found. A total of 2064 units of abalone were found worth an estimated street value of a million rand.
A 45-year-old man was arrested on charges under the Living Marine Resources Act and will appear in Parow Magistrates Court on Friday.
The Provincial Commissioner of the Western Cape Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula praised the members involved for their vigilance.
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