Cycad thief arrested in Sheppie

2016-04-07 06:00
PHOTO: supplied The confiscated cycads.

PHOTO: supplied The confiscated cycads.

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TWO patrolling police officers were surprised to see a man pushing a trolley containing four cycads through Port Shepstone CBD.

Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid and Warrant Officer Marc Wiid said they could not believe their eyes when they saw the plants with “beautiful green leaves hanging over the sides of the trolley”.

Wiid immediately called for back-up and was assisted by K9 unit members and the SAPS.

The 27-year-old Ezinqoleni man explained that he brought the protected plants from a rural village in that area to sell.

“He claimed he brought them in a taxi and then asked a trolley pusher to help him to take the plants into the town,” she said.

He said he was unaware that a permit is needed to be in possession or even transport the plants.

Piet Massyn from KZN Enzemvelo Wildlife was summoned and charged the man for being in possession of protected plants without a permit, Act 10/2004 section 56(d).

“We want to issue a stern warning that it is illegal to remove protected plants from their natural habitat, and trade in such plants. The estimated value of the plants is R20 000,” said Wiid.

- Supplied.

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