Two bust for abalone

Abalone worth R9.5 million and equipment used to process abalone were confiscated in Tygerdal.

The arrest of two men in Parow over the weekend, led police to an address in Watsonia Street, Tygerdal, Goodwood, where another abalone drying facility was discovered on Sunday August 12.

No further arrests have been made, but abalone valued at an estimated
R9.5 million and equipment used to process abalone have been confiscated.

The people responsible for the operation of this facility are now being sought.

In the Parow bust, a 20-year-old Chinese man and a 30-year-old Zimbabwean man had been arrested.

According to a statement by provincial police, abalone valued at R5.4 million had been seized in Tallent Street, Parow.

“We consider the operation a step closer in breaking the back of the lucrative illegal abalone trade in the Western Cape,” the statement said.

The men were set to appear in court in Bellville once they had been charged.

The provincial police commissioner, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula warned poachers that police would stop at nothing to root out the illegal abalone trade in the province.