Hawks crack abalone-packaging operation in Table View

The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) have been lauded after an integrated intelligence-driven operation led them to an illegal drying facility of abalone worth R1.6 million (more than US$95,000). In a statement released on Thursday, Hawks spokesperson Zinzi Hani said the operation included a team from the Hawks’ serious[…]

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MEC Fritz lends a helping hand in the fight against poaching

The Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, confirms receipt of the report on the ‘Complaint of Poor Response’ and the poaching of abalone from Western Cape Ombudsman, Mr JJ Brand. These plaguing problems are in Gansbaai, Kleinmond, Hermanus and Stanford areas. With the submission of this report, Brand seeks to[…]

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Parliament Committee urges tough stance against marine crime

Parliament’s Police Committee says the prevalence of organised crime in pillaging marine resources is a great course of concern. Committee chair Francois Beukman says they will hold a joint meeting with the Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries Committee in August to look at the extent of the problem. Agriculture Minister Senzeni[…]

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Cape Town pair appear on drug and abalone charges

A man and women both aged 23 are expected to appear in the Parow Magistrate’s Court in Cape Town, Western Cape on charges of dealing in drugs. The pair was arrested on Thursday during a sting operation at a house in Oostersee, where police found and seized variety of drugs,[…]

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Abalone, heroin seized at Cape Town airport, Beitbridge

Two people were arrested after customs officials confiscated heroin and abalone at the Beitbridge border post and Cape Town International Airport, Sars said on Wednesday. At Cape Town International Airport, airline staff tipped customs officials off about a consignment in a cargo shed, spokesperson Sandile Memela said. It turned out[…]

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WCape men held for perlemoen possession

Three men were arrested in separate incidents in the Western Cape for the possession of perlemoen (abalone) worth about R690,000, police said on Wednesday. A 19-year-old man and a 37-year-old man were arrested on Wednesday morning in Lwandle, Strand, for possession of 2545 units of perlemoen with an estimated street[…]

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Abalone worth R3.8 million seized

Abalone with a street value of about R3,8 million was seized on Thursday at a farm warehouse in Philadelphia, north of Cape Town, police said. Three Zimbabweans and a Mozambican were arrested after police responded to a tip-off about abalone smuggling, Colonel Tembinkosi Kinana said. Police searched a store in[…]

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