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Perlemoen worth R5m seized in CT

2012-02-09 17:45

Johannesburg - Perlemoen worth about R5m was seized when police searched a truck in Khayelitsha in Cape Town on Thursday morning, Western Cape police said.

Police received a tip-off that a maroon Toyota Dyna truck was transporting the protected perlemoen, Warrant Officer November Filander said in a statement.

Around 08:30, members of the Mitchell's Plain tactical response unit saw the vehicle on the N2. They stopped and searched the truck and found 5 127 perlemoen in plastic bags.

A 32-year-old Zimbabwean man was arrested and would appear in the Khayelitsha Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Comments
  • Shirley - 2012-02-09 18:07

    These "people" who rape and plunder the wildlife of this country must be locked away without possibility of parole. They are destroying the future of every citizen,endangering our wild life all for their greed!

  • Kevin - 2012-02-09 18:13

    sluit die vark weg for good

  • peterjohnjnb - 2012-02-09 18:16

    I say throw em out to see and let's hunt THEM!

      Shirley - 2012-02-09 18:25

      Shark bait comes to mind-for chumming!

  • Kim - 2012-02-09 18:36

    Who is this for again?......Did I hear chinese.....they rape our oceans and parks for rhino. Give them the freeking death penalty

  • Colin - 2012-02-09 18:56

    Is the price of Perlemoen seriously like R976 each???

  • Max - 2012-02-09 18:58

    We see these people on a regular basis at Suiderstrand in the Agulhas nature reserve and nothing is being done about it. According to this article you get a bit less than R 1000.00 per perlemoen...it is utter nonsense and just not true.

  • jandreleroux - 2012-02-09 19:16

    10/10 for the guy/girl who gave the tip-off and also for WO Filander and his partners!

  • Sean - 2012-02-09 19:22

    Where there is a demand , there will be a supply - cut off the demanders through something like Interpol etc. And put a stop to this once and for all! My question lies with the customs control at our borders, how does such a huge amount of perlemoen get to leave our country? Start staking out our borders and capture the fraudsters and under-handed activity that is obviously also taking place allowing the contraband to enter/exit through our borders be it by see/land or air.

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