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Four accused sentenced in Springbok for illegal possesion of Northern Cape's Nature Conservation succulents plants
2019/05/24

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Northern Cape

NORTHERN CAPE– The Northern Cape police management, applauded the Springbok Stock Theft and Endangered Species Unit, Crime Intelligence, National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) including Department of Justice (DoJ)  for ensuring that four Chinese nationals are found guilty and are sentenced for contravening the Northern Cape Nature Conservation Act  9/2009 Section 50.

On Monday,06 May 2019  accused Yu Shi, Zeng Zang, Li Wei and Junbo Liu, were arrested during joint operation led by Crime Intelligence and Springbok Stock Theft and Endangered Species Unit on N7 near Kamieskroon, subsequent to be found in possession of Succulent plants, with an estimated value of R1.5  million.

The accused contravened the Northern Cape Nature Conservation Act 9/2009 Section 50. During their arrest it was established that the accused were illegally in possession of succulent plants protected according to the Northern Cape Nature Conservation Act.

Early this week the four  pleaded  guilty  for contravening the Northern Cape  Nature Conservation Act, In addition they were sentenced by the  Springbok Magistrate’s Court. All four were sentenced to two year jail term with an option of paying  R150 000 fine and another two years jail term which was suspended for five years.

Furthermore the Magistrate’s Court ordered the accused to donate additional R100 000 to Nature Conservation Organisation.

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