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Man in court for R1.8m abalone bust

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A man who is out on R25 000 bail for the alleged illegal possession of abalone worth R1,8 million, appeared in a court in Cape Town for the second time on Tuesday.

Momelezi Lennox Monani, 37, was warned to appear again on August 2, when he appeared in the Goodwood District Court before magistrate Sean Lea.

Prosecutor Moosa Adonis told the court the postponement was needed for further investigation. Defence attorney Andre Kirsten did not oppose the postponement.

Monani, who was arrested in April, faces four charges – one relating to his possession of 9 319 units of abalone, worth R1,8 million, when his vehicle was intercepted in the Cape Town suburb of Bothasig.

The second charge alleges he was operating a fish-processing establishment without the right to do so, while the third charge alleges the transportation of abalone in contravention of the Marine Living Resources Act.

The fourth charge alleges he was selling or delivering abalone, without the prescribed invoice.

Monani made his first court appearance on April 6, the day after his arrest.

His bail was extended.

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