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Over R9.9 million worth of abalone seized in Cape Town, two suspects arrested


Media Statement from Directorate for Priority Crimes Investigation (HAWKS)
South African Police Service

WESTERN CAPE – Two suspects aged 28 and 35 are due to appear in the Atlantis Magistrates’ Court on 19 May 2021 where they will face a charge of possession and transporting of illegal abalone in terms of the Marine Living Resources Act 18 of 1998.

The duo was arrested yesterday, 17 May 2021 after members of the Hawks' Serious Organised Crime Investigation, Crime Intelligence and officials from the Department of Environmental Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) reacted on information concerning the transportation of illegal abalone. 

During the operation the members identified a white Hino truck as well as a white Audi driving on the N7 highway direction in Malmesbury. The members stopped both vehicles on the N7 at a service station in Philadelphia.

Both vehicles were then inspected and dried abalone was found in a hidden compartment underneath the Hino truck. The vehicles were then taken to Philadelphia SAPS for further investigation. This revealed a total of 70 boxes containing 23896 dried abalone with an estimated street value of R9.9 million. 


Zinzi Hani 
071 351 7447


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