Two suspects were arrested and 75 kg (691 units) of abalone to the value of R30 000.00 were recovered in a joint operation between the SAPS and a private security company in Port Elizabeth this morning, just after 06:00.
The diving operations of illegal abalone harvesters have been monitored and SAPS members followed up on information about abalone being transported to a house in Forest Hill, for shucking, weighting and storage.
While suspects were still busy, SAPS and security officials entered the property and arrested two suspects aged 18 and 42 for the illegal possession of abalone. The members also confiscated VW Golf and Nissan Champ L motor vehicles which were used for the transportation of the abalone. The suspects will appear at Port Elizabeth Magistrate Court on Monday, 20 April 2015.
Mount Road Cluster Commander, Major General Dawie Rabie welcomed the arrest and praised the members for the positive outcome of their efforts to curb abalone poaching. “We must ensure that our marine life is protected against the total stripping thereof and that those involved in such actions are arrested and prosecuted,” he said.
Source : South African Police Service