Man caught with China-bound perlemoen

2012-04-12 22:37

Johannesburg - A 34-year old man was arrested on Thursday in Weltevreden Park, Johannesburg, in possession of perlemoen (abalone) with a street value of R2m, Gauteng police said.

The Chinese national was arrested in a house on Bergkaree Avenue at about 13:00 after police received a tip-off, Captain Pinky Tsinyane said.

"According to the information received, the [shipment] was made ready to be exported from South Africa to China. Police believe that there are more people involved," said Tsinyane.

Police expect to make more arrests. The man was expected to appear in the Roodepoort Magistrate's Court on Monday.

  • Rodney - 2012-04-13 01:34

    Shoot the frikkin bastard!

  • Katlego - 2012-04-13 07:01

    The Asian Nationals have been synonymous with wrong doings lately! If its not my beautiful african rhino horns being smuggled out of Mzansi, its a poor Abalone! Don't fooled by their act of humility, little crooks after - you know them Nigerians!

  • Robin - 2012-04-13 07:39

    Stop eco-terrorism - castrate the perpetrators on sight! (This will also have the effect of reducing the threat of this "yellow peril")

  • Scouter - 2012-04-13 08:32

    Yet another instance of China raping SA's natural resources. Unfortunately the corrupt nature of SA makes it fertile ground for Chinese exploitation. Our northern neighbour Zimbabwe has just about handed over its mineral resources to them and Zambia is fighting hard to contain their greedy quest in that region. I'm scared to even think what the rhino population in Zim is(or more likely is not) these days.

      Scouter - 2012-04-13 08:55

      PS - add this haul to that being returned to us from Hong Kong(as recently reported)and you have to wonder whether SA has any abalone left in its seas. Thank you China - what a great bedfellow you are turning out to be.

      Fidel - 2012-04-13 09:39

      Since when did it become the Chinese government's policy to poach abalone from this country. Minerals, are the Australian and British companies involved in mining in this continent also exploiting Africa's mineral resources.

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