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2021/04/21      |  Written By:  Ms Z Hani   |   Province:  Western Cape

WESTERN CAPE – The Khayelitsha Regional Court yesterday slapped members of an abalone syndicate with a suspended sentence.

An investigation by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) exposed a syndicate involved with the poaching, buying and selling of illicit abalone in the Western Cape as well as in the Gauteng area during February 2020. All the suspect were arrested during February 2020 which include a Chinese buyer and processor.  

On the 19 April  2021 the drivers of the illicit abalone entered into Sec 105A pleas in terms of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977.

Jeremia Abraham's(42) and Romania Curtis Hans (26) were found guilty on one (1) charge of the Marine Living Resource Act(act no.18 of 1998) Transporting of abalone.

Frederick  Myburgh (49) and Angelo Charles (41)  pleaded guilty on two (2 )counts of the Marine Living Resources act Transporting of Abalone.

Albert Van Niekerk(33) and Ashley  Cloete (32) pleaded guilty on three (3) counts of the  Marine Living Resources Act Transporting of Abalone.

All accused were sentenced to two (2) years imprisonment wholly suspended for five years with stringent conditions. Additionally all Abalone and equipment seized was forfeited to the state.

Meanwhile ,on 09 February 2021,Solomon Sauls the kingpin of the group  in the Western Cape pleaded guilty on  POCA charge and contravention of the Marine living Resources Act  where he had  already been sentenced to  six (6) years direct imprisonment.