Twelve arrested along coast of NC

2017-06-28 06:01
Operation Phakisa was executed to fight marine-related crimes, illegal hunting, illegal mining, crimes against endangered species and to enforce compliance.Photo: Supplied

Operation Phakisa was executed to fight marine-related crimes, illegal hunting, illegal mining, crimes against endangered species and to enforce compliance.Photo: Supplied

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At least 12 people, two of them foreigners, were arrested and charged with fraud after fraudulent passports had been found in their possession.

One was fined for being in possession of crayfish during Operation Phakisa, conducted along the Northern Cape coastline.

This operation, executed from Wednesday, 14 June, to Sunday, 18 June, was carried out by members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) and officials of the Department of Environmental and Nature Conservation, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, the Department of Mineral Resources, the State Security Agency and Customs.

The focus of the operation was to fight marine-related crimes, illegal hunting, illegal mining, crimes against endangered species and to enforce compliance.

According to Capt. Olebogeng Tawana, more than 1 600 g of dagga worth R208 000 and 20 sachets of crystal meth (tik) worth R2 000 were confiscated, as well as 1 913 litres of liquor worth roughly a million rand.

Fines were also issued against motorists driving unroadworthy vehicles or driving without valid driving licences.

The operation was commended by Gen. Peter Shivuri, Northern Cape provincial commissioner, for duties executed diligently.

Shivuri pledged to continue fighting crime along the Northern Cape coast and ports of entries on a regular basis.

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