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Two suspects arrested with abalone in Sir Lowry's Pass


Media Statement from Western Cape Media Centre
Corporate Communication

South African Police Service

Western Cape: This morning, members from the Cape Town K9 Unit and Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries conducted routine patrols in the vicinity of the N2 between Grabouw and Sir Louwry's Pass Village as it is a notorious route for transporting illegally poached abalone from the coast to Cape Town. After obtaining permission from the Director of Waterworks and Sanitation, they entered the restricted area of Steenbras Dam and searched all chalets, buildings and structures on the large property.

At approximately 11:10, after searching the residence of the assistant dam manager, they searched his garage where they uncovered an illegal abalone drying facility. Various items of equipment, including gas cylinders and burners, fans, drying shelves, a large steel cooking pot and a scale, was seized.

The dried abalone was counted and amounted to 7 669 units. The abalone must still be weighed at the offices of DAFF to determine the exact value, but it was estimated in excess of R900 000-00. The assistant dam manager, aged 56 and a worker in his late fifties, were arrested and are to appear in the Strand Magistrates Court on Friday on abalone related charges.

Media enquiries: Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut -0833001752


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