Police on Thursday made an abalone bust worth R2.4 million. Officers in the Overberg acted on a tip-off about a vehicle travelling from Buffeljags near Swellendam to Stanford. They then patrolled the route. The police’s Joseph Swartbooi explained: “The driver of the suspicious vehicle transporting the load became aware of[…]
A father and his two sons received hefty fines and suspended sentences in the Western Cape High Court on Thursday for abalone poaching, money laundering and racketeering. André Johannes Minnaar, 61, Rudolf Albertus Minnaar, 41 and Marthinus Gys Minnaar, 37, were linked to a syndicate that operated illegal abalone facilities. They[…]
A total of 4932 units of shucked abalone and 638 units of dried abalone with an estimated street value of R2.4 million was seized in Milnerton on Friday. Police spokesperson Noloyiso Rwexana said the crime intelligence driven investigation led them to a warehouse in Milnerton. “At 10am the members arrived[…]
Six suspected poachers were arrested on the Kalk Bay shoreline on Thursday with a haul of limpets, periwinkles and mussels. They were among several alleged poachers arrested so far this year by Cape Town’s marine and environmental law enforcement unit, which for the past five years has targeted poaching along[…]
Poachers have taken at least 96 million units of South Africa’s abalone in the past 17 years, leaving the future of the snail-like sea delicacy in danger of becoming extinct, according to international wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC. “Efforts to curb the illegal trade have roundly failed. Once abundant, the[…]
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