R1.5m perlemoen bust: Chinese men held

2012-11-10 10:35

Johannesburg - Two men were arrested in Edenvale on Friday for illegal possession of perlemoen (abalone) worth R1.5m, Gauteng police said.

Lieutenant Colonell Katlego Mogale said police were on routine patrol when they flagged down a bakkie driven by a Chinese national.

"When he was questioned regarding the cargo, he became very cagey. The members then searched the vehicle and found dried abalone at the back of the bakkie," she said.

He was arrested and while he was being booked a friend of his arrived and talked to the arresting officer.

"The friend, also a Chinese national, offered the member R10 000 to make the whole case disappear."

The second man was then also arrested and in his possession police found R30 000.

"Both suspects will appear in the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court on Monday on charges of illegal possession of abalone and bribery respectively," Mogale said.

  • Bra Tebzaah Sibilanga - 2012-11-10 10:46

    These chinese things now want to do as they please in this country.If its not rhino horns,its perlemoens.They should get a taste of mob justice.

  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-11-10 10:52

    Commit them to the deep blue sea wearing a concrete anklet - why must we taxpayers pay for their holiday in jail where, with the right bribe, they can be out in a twink?

      alf.pop - 2012-11-11 09:26

      Govcernment will probably have to ask permission from China to prosecute them and the Chinese will determine the sentence! Under Zipper Zuma everything is going to hell! Just look at the stats about Rhino poaching since 2009. This lot is no better! Take them on a boatride and let them swim back from 10 kms. out!

  • Astro Kam's - 2012-11-10 10:53

    I'm impressed by these policemen. Some refuse to take R10000 bribe while others get arrested for taking R100 bribe.

      robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-11-10 10:56

      Very well done - hope they get suitably rewarded.

      richard.laros.77 - 2012-11-10 14:47

      You are so correct. Well done to the policemen, you are a credit to SA. Although arresting people trying to bribe you should be the norm rather than the exception. The entire JMPD lunch money collectors would do well to take a feather out of your cap. Now pack those 2 Chinese scumbags off to jail and then deport them and their families back to China for good.

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2012-11-10 10:59

    The 'orientals' are moving in, in droves and seem to be involved in all sorts of illegal ventures - they take what they want and very little seems to be done about it. Make sure these two are jailed for 40years too!!!

  • suidlander.vanwyk - 2012-11-10 11:05

    every abalone bust there is Chinese and every drug bust there is Nigerian, is this a coincidence or what? talk about xenophobia

  • rudzanimulaudzi.mulaudzi - 2012-11-10 11:06

    Every Zimbabeans in SA must go back home before those Chinese people rip_off everything away from their country, I believe there will be a fight between them by the time Zimbabeans think of going back, they will find only chickens left.

      mart.botha - 2012-11-10 12:40

      We must fight back by boycotting anything Chinese. Unfortunately there are many many old South Africans of Chinese origin/descent....but in a tough world there will be collateral damage....besides I don't see any of them raising their hands and condemning the actions of the new chinese which does paint a bit of a target on their backs. I also fear that much like the English did with their criminals a couple of centuries ago when they shipped all the convicts to what is now Australia, I believe it is the less than desirable Chinese citizen that is being sent out to colonise Africa and the world.

      michael.a.devilliers - 2012-11-10 13:06

      Boycott everything Chinese? You mean just about everything we buy that isn't food?

  • helio.paulo.7 - 2012-11-10 11:13

    Good Show to the SAPS and the police officer that refused the bribe should be commended. What happens to drug smugglers in China???? We should do the same to their nationals involved in smuggling abalone here!!!!

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-11-10 11:13

    40 Years

  • sello.kobe - 2012-11-10 11:15

    Wow it's encouraging to know that there's still some members of the SAPS who will refuse to take a bribe! R10000-00 for that matter!

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  • john.m.mcdowall - 2012-11-10 11:18

    Why does the article say 'alledged possession'? They were caught with the stuff IN their possession. "guilty as charged full stop" Let's stop pussy footing around the scum that cqan't abide by the laws and whatsmore, deport them immediately.

  • Gatvol Griet - 2012-11-10 11:19

    Props to the police involved - how bou.t doing Phiyega's job? Get rid of the foreigners out to stwal and pillage!!! The ANC is doing it well enough.

  • magdaleen.smuts - 2012-11-10 11:22

    Give the Officer a Bells with a bonus for not taking the bribe, and give the 2 Chinese 40 years.

  • mart.botha - 2012-11-10 11:24

    The Chinese organised crime syndicates are raping South Africa. The Hawks need a dedicated team to deal solely with this lot, including having special courts. The cheapness and inferior quality of Chinese merchandise is I think merely a front to be a cash cow for more sinister pursuits such as wildlife, drug, bribery, bribery, bribery, bribery.... and human trafficking.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-11-10 11:32

    40years minimum...

      joe.smit.549 - 2012-11-10 12:13

      Agreed. The bar has been set!

  • debduplessis - 2012-11-10 11:32

    aaggg please... lock him up... Im tired of the Chinese thinking our animals are provided for their sexual libido! who the hell do they think they are to think their sex drives are so important!

  • Riaan Venter - 2012-11-10 11:45

    take all the chinese,nigerians and zimbabweans out of South Africa and i'm sure there will be a HUGE drop in crime

      beverly.young3 - 2012-11-10 15:16

      Yeah, in Botswana, they 're-partriate' almost 1000 a month. Nigerians, Zimbos, etc, ...not the Chinese, though, they are involved in all manner of business activities there.

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-11-10 12:01

    The officers were most probably not metro police cause the one metro cop wanted to fine me for broken tailight but didn't want to write a ticket he just said your going home with a ticket the third time I said he must write the ticket he then let me go with a warning the buggar wanted money too lazy to write a ticket...

      beverly.young3 - 2012-11-10 15:17

      Yup, been there too....

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-11-10 12:08

    What are they doing here, why are they allowed into the country. In another country a South African will be in jail or hanged if they do these things, No lengthy court case just get rid of them.

  • wayne.nefdt - 2012-11-10 12:20

    Well done to these cops - to firstly have the ability to sense that something was wrong

  • mzuvukile.maswana - 2012-11-10 13:09

    Its China towns popping up everywhere in this country, Chinesse implicated in Rhino poaching in this country then there is perlemoen poaching also involving these Chinese. Textile industry in this country down the drain due to signing new trades with China. Inferior quality items starting flocking this country from China. What more must we now anticipitate? Have we managed to infiltrate China in this magnitude? Hell no! Its only them who have done so.

  • michael.a.devilliers - 2012-11-10 13:09

    Don't hold thumbs for a harsh sentence, "external forces" will ensure he gets off lightly and sent back home. Remember the Dalai Lama?

  • markus.ippy - 2012-11-10 13:16

    Well done SAPS . There are still some unbribable cops out there .

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-11-10 14:03

    Give them 40 years in the calabooz and being Chine they must be sort of used to living in prison conditions.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-11-10 15:20

      err...wasnt it Verword? who said "the yellow man will take over this continent? 'cuse spelling....

  • mark.wilkinson.37604 - 2012-11-10 14:16

    Big ups to the cops who didn't give in to corruption.

  • hendrik.schutte.3152 - 2012-11-10 15:00

    Put them before the same judge that slapped the 40yrs on the rhino paocher!!!!!!!!

  • braamc - 2012-11-10 16:57

    Thank the criminal Jacob selling this country to the Chinese

  • patsy.smith.125 - 2012-11-10 17:54

    Hopefully they'll also be sentenced to 40 years - or more. They are nothing but pillagers and shouldn't be allowed into the country

  • george.georghiou - 2012-11-10 18:17

    South Africa was colonised by the white man and given back in 94...Why are the fools selling it out to the Chinese after such a long road to freedom. History can be an awesome teacher if you are willing to learn but I'm afraid our politicians have learnt absolutely nothing from their forefathers who sold out to the whites. It's all about the self enrichment...Same old same old. In a few 100 years the fight will continue to get the land back. An absolute joke in my opinion.

  • mc.segal.5 - 2012-11-10 18:19

    So who gets to keep the R30 000.00?

  • niel.phillips.7 - 2012-11-10 19:46

    poison the slant eyed bastards

  • Gert van Coller - 2012-11-10 21:16

    What the hell is it with these people? Abalone, rhino horn.. Do you have any sense whatsoever of conservation?? Hope you rot in jail chinese trash!

  • antonie.cblintvelt - 2012-11-10 21:49

    Well done to the cops for not taking the bribe!! It's heart warming to see there is still good cops.

  • Nhozana Ntlanganiso - 2012-11-11 09:10

    they must also get 40 years imprisonment, that is highly protected specie in SA.

  • Sean.Nefdt - 2012-11-11 09:26

    Finally some good news on a Sunday , I just wonder why the Chinese don't breed the stuff in captivity ):(

      JanGrimbeek - 2012-11-11 09:41

      They do breed them (more chinese) in captivity, and then export them to SA to smuggle abalone and rhino horn.

  • alex.richards.94064 - 2012-11-11 10:20

    Get rid of the chinese and rid us of this and rhino poaching.

  • malcolm.j.patterson.1 - 2012-11-11 17:45

    I hope they get the same sentence as the as the Rhino Man 40 years

  • fanie.gerber1972 - 2012-11-12 06:35

    Yup the way they got in legally is by being classified as being black/coloured - as such they demanded to be given BEE/AA rights. By doing this taking away from the people who are real South Africans Once wiggled into the country - they start to consume it - like maggots. They do the same thing everywhere.

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