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Suspected succulent plant poachers caught in the act

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


WESTERN CAPE - On Tuesday, 01 March 2022 the long arm of the law reached four suspected succulent plant poachers, when they were spotted at Ratelgat on the N7 by members of Afriforum, Nuwerus. Members of Nuwerus SAPS, Malmesbury Stock Theft and Endangered Species Unit (STES) and Cape Nature responded to the information and apprehended the four suspects aged between 22 and 40 carrying two bags. Upon searching the bags the members found an undisclosed amount of endangered succulent plants in the bags.

The suspects appeared in the Vredendal Magistrates court on Wednesday 02 March 2022 and the matter was postponed until 09 March 2022 for a formal bail application.

In an unrelated matter members of the Worcester K9 Unit found a 9mm pistol abandoned in the Bloedriver squatter camp, Roodewal, Worcester. The members utilized the explosive dog Nick to search for firearms, when he responded positively to the odour of ammunition. No arrests were made and an enquiry file was opened for investigation.


Sergeant Wesley Twigg
082 379 0034


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