Two punished for abalone dealings

2017-11-08 06:00

The Hawks’ provincial head in the Northern Cape, Maj.Gen. Kholekile Galawe, has welcomed the sentencing of Jacobus van Schalkwyk (51) and Ali Banasas (37), who were arrested for the possession of abalone with a street value of R400 000.

Thee were found guilty on 30 October by the Calvinia Regional Court for the illegal possession and transportation of aba­lone.

They were each sentenced to a fine of R85 000 or two years’ imprisonment. They were additionally charged with two years’ imprisonment, suspended for five years under stringent conditions.

Capt. Philani Nkwalase of the Hawks reveals that four suspects were arrested following swift response to a tip-off, which led police to the vehicle driving on the R27 near Calvinia.

“The charges against Saddique Lal Muhammad (41) and Yatian Xu (33), who were allegedly escorting the car, were withdrawn. They all appeared in the Calvinia Magistrate’s Court in April 2016 and were later granted bail,” stated Nkwa­lase.


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