R1.2m abalone bust on long distance bus

2016-04-06 20:46
(City of Cape Town)

(City of Cape Town)

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Cape Town – Abalone worth R1.2m was discovered on Wednesday afternoon in a long distance bus headed for Pretoria from Cape Town Station.

The City of Cape Town's Marine Unit acted on a tip-off, which led to the 600kg haul.

Mayoral committee member for safety and security, JP Smith, said the contraband was found packed in 50 boxes, “right here under the noses of SAPS headquarters and the Civic Centre”.

“We know that poached marine goods are exchanged for drugs and one must wonder how much drugs and guns have been transported into Cape Town smuggled in the bottom of these buses,” he alleged.

Smith called for the Hawks and police to investigate the bus company and its owners, saying he had also sent the information to Transport MEC Donald Grant “so they can withdraw their operating licenses”.

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