Perlemoen poachers, police face off

2012-11-05 10:48
Perlemoen (File, Beeld)

Perlemoen (File, Beeld)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - Perlemoen (abalone) poachers in Hawston, Western Cape, claim the police have been targeting them for more than a year, according to a report on Monday.

The Cape Times reported that the fishing community was apparently regularly targeted by a police squad dubbed "die slaners" (the hitters).

The poachers blamed the police for the death of Steven Figaji, 19, a poacher who drowned at Breakfast Bay on Thursday during an operation aimed at clamping down on poaching.

A group of poachers went on the rampage on Saturday night, injuring a police officer and setting a K9 Unit building alight.

Seven police vehicles were set alight and officers were attacked,

According to the report, Xavier Spandiel, 13, was shot in both thighs while running to see what had happened.

Deputy provincial commissioner Peter Jacobs said the Independent Police Investigative Directorate would set up an office in Hawston on Monday so residents could report police brutality cases.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
Read more on:    cape town  |  poaching
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

Betham: Future is out of my hands
Fantastic Foley stakes his claim
As it happened: Tonga 16-45 Argentina
LIVE: Ireland v Italy
Traffic Alerts

Spontaneity is the order of the day. Let go and have some fun. Try not to set too many set plans and expectations and enjoy more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.