Return to sender: Perlemoen worth R27m

2012-03-27 22:52

Johannesburg - Agriculture officials received a perlemoen consignment worth about R27m in Cape Town on Tuesday, three weeks after it was seized in Hong Kong.

Agricultural spokesperson Lionel Adendorf said the illegally-harvested perlemoen had been shipped from South Africa to Hong Kong, but was confiscated by that country's custom officials on March 10.

"This was the first consignment to return to South Africa after it has docked," he said.

He said the perlemoen (also known as abalone) weighed more than 2 627kg. It docked in the Cape Town harbour at the weekend.

Last November, Hong Kong customs officers seized a record haul of 33 rhino horns along with ivory chopsticks and bracelets hidden inside a container shipped from Cape Town.

Officers found the horns along with 758 ivory chopsticks and 127 ivory bracelets in a haul worth a total of about R18m during a search of a container declared as containing "scrap plastic".

Details of the perlemoen seizure in Hong Kong were not immediately clear. However, Adendorf said it had been agreed by both countries that the perlemoen be returned to South Africa.

"The department took possession of the perlemoen... It's being kept in our storeroom," he said.

Adendorf said a man had been arrested in Hong Kong and fined about R340 000.

No arrests had been made in South Africa, but the matter would be investigated further.

More than 500 000 units of perlemoen destined for the East have been confiscated since 2007.

Adendorf said the department, working with the police, the national prosecuting authority and the SA Revenue Services, had had three other consignments turned back to South Africa while en route to the East.

  • Godfrey - 2012-03-27 23:14

    Big UP for Hong Kong customs!!!!

  • TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-03-27 23:23

    Great! Now catch the criminals on our side. There must be a paper trail to follow...and some custom officials and shipping agents that better have their story straight!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-28 13:24

      @Leonard, on the news this morning they already indicated that it will be auctioned off and the money used in the fight against poaching.

  • Ryan - 2012-03-27 23:25

    Fined R340K? When dealing in goods of 18 bar? Surely they could imposed a heavier fine!

  • Eddy - 2012-03-27 23:30

    Abalone is the English speaking word. This is i think an English article. So what is perlemoen. Is it a pearl lemon? Even my spell check underlines it in red. Is the writer of this article still at school? If not go back to school and learn English as it seems you were bunking your class you naughty boy.

      Jessica - 2012-03-27 23:53

      Aubergine/eggplant same thing, who cares? It's more commonly known as perlemoen in SA anyway.

      Bluemast - 2012-03-28 00:09

      let's not get off the beaten track here about spelling, get a grip on the actual article or turn the page!

      Rodney - 2012-03-28 02:38

      Don't be so bloody obtuse you moron. 99% of the SA population know what a perlemoen is, guaranteed less than 10% know what an abalone is.

      Marina - 2012-03-28 06:16

      I suggest you improve your general knowledge because your comment shows a distinct lack of it, spell check and all.

      Grant - 2012-03-28 06:26

      "Abalone is the English speaking word." I take it Eddy that English is not your first language. English does not "speak" words. Moot point but you were the firt one to throw stones. BTW I failed 'o' level English at school in Rhodesia.

      Cindy - 2012-03-28 08:09

      Uhmmmmmmmmmmmmm perlemoen commonly used in SA instead of abalone I reckon about 80% of people think they are 2 different species. Concentrate on the content of the story and stop being a pedantic old git! Well done to Hong Kong customs, now will you please hang them importers?

      davieoosie - 2012-03-28 08:15

      No you silly, it's "pearl orange", not lemon.

  • Christopher Zoony De Croes - 2012-03-27 23:57

    its SOUTH AFRICAN - PERLEMON . so dont get emo with the writer, if your SA you know what he is talking about.

  • Bluemast - 2012-03-28 00:03

    Excellent news to hear, but I must say that I smell something fishy here.......... This sounds too good to be true!?

  • Dave - 2012-03-28 00:11

    This must stop....there's going to be nothing left at this rate. You will notice all this kind of stuff involves Orientals....they have depleted all their stocks and resources and now looking to Africa.

      UltimateguideSA - 2012-03-28 05:43

      @ Dave no China has been here for a while, they stockpiling our resources, our new masters in Africa.

  • bnnyoni - 2012-03-28 00:14

    No idea what it is or what can be done with it lol.

      UltimateguideSA - 2012-03-28 05:49

      @bnnyoni the rhino horns will be stockpiled by our goverment, they are trying to legalise the trade in rhino horn, they have rhino horns worth billions locked away. money, greed, not sure if the perlemoen can at least be used, shocking how China is raping Africa from it's natural resources and the corrupt goverments in Africa is entertaining it..

      Sekalf - 2012-03-28 07:24

      @boneBlessing - so why not finding out before posting a dumb contribution? Silly Boy!

      Scouter - 2012-03-28 08:28

      No idea what it is or what can be done with it lol." That sounds suspiciously like a defence plea!

  • Thandi - 2012-03-28 00:35

    They must get a death centence so that they don`t do crime ever again here in SA.chines think they are clever!

      Klaus - 2012-03-28 02:15

      slowly my girl..! Love your passion anyway!!

      Nigel - 2012-03-28 08:06

      same for drug traffickers, rhino horn poachers\smugglers & murderers, if not the death sentence then hard manual labour, prison is not a deterrent, bring back hard manual labour.

  • Bluemast - 2012-03-28 00:40

    I onky have a question or two here, are there proper audits being kept in the rhino horn chopsticks stockpiles etc. Or are these horns going to fall into the black-market's hands without trace - After all the evidence is done with and the case/s have been finalised please provide a public viewing (even on Carte Blanche) of the destruction/burning of the stockpile/s to prevent it from entering into the wrong hands again as has proven to be the case in the past! - Carte Blanche I challenge you to keep an eye on this case and all other similar cases evolving from this cache! PLEASE! The public needs to know the truth on what will happen to the evidence once the case/s etc. have been finalised. Are these pieces catalogued properly so that true justice can prevail. An embarrasing fine of R340000 is purely a mockery of any justice sytstem here or abroad - PERIOD! I hope that Interpol is pulling all the strings they have to get hold of the complete syndicate involved orbat least make an example of those caught that this smuggling/theft of our natural recources will not be tollerated anymore! I am sure that if we provide the end users of a placebo product they would not remotely recoghnise any difference - that's how brain-washed tgheur culture is and how back in time they live! They need to start being educated from the top that wht they believe in holds absolutely no substance to their un-educated minds! It's got to be trainedinto their minds starting at their top level!

  • Sechaba - 2012-03-28 00:45

    Cape Town as always has some of the greatest corruption dealing with doggy deals from these criminals. If its not Perlemoen its tik,if its not those two its Rhino horns. The question we should be asking who is covering these people.

      John - 2012-03-28 01:01

      Have you ever hear of "LIMPOPO"? Do you know there are no Rhinos'in Cape Town, and very few in the Western Province??? In fact 99% of those poached come from the North... Bust a touch of education..

      Klaus - 2012-03-28 02:30

      China, you a Troll, "doggy" deal??..what about a bit of punctuation as well? Anyway, check John's Post and stay of the booze.

      UltimateguideSA - 2012-03-28 06:02

      sechaba why turn this into a CT thing, don't make this political, we all u included should be very worried about our resources in SA or Africa. Worry that your children or grand children will one day have the priviledge to see rhino's in the wild, will they eat perlemoen or will it all been stripped by the chinese, your problem should not be Cape Town but China.. Most poaching of rhino is in limpopo area..

      Nigel - 2012-03-28 08:03

      you must be an ANCYL member

  • John - 2012-03-28 00:54

    Notice they didn't send the horns and Ivory back..... Better commercial value with a Longer shelf life??

  • Zeezoh - 2012-03-28 03:16


      Sekalf - 2012-03-28 07:28

      Here we Go!!! - Todays 'Donkey of the Blog Award' goes to Zeezoh. Well done Zeezoh - and well deserved!

  • Marina - 2012-03-28 06:11

    Good for them, but it doesn't make the loss of life any better and I doubt the penalties incurred will deter these scumbags. Greed is what makes the world go around these days. It almost makes me ashamed of being human.

  • Johan - 2012-03-28 06:14

    Watch the seized perlemoen, rhino horn and ivory will be back on the market shortly?

  • braamc - 2012-03-28 06:14

    No arrest were made in SA, off course not, thanks to our useless non existent crime intelligence and police

  • Leon - 2012-03-28 06:50

    My question would be how did it get out of RSA in the first place? if their customs discovered it before delivery, how did our customs mis it before departure. I wonder who is at loss at the moment, who did not get his revenue from the shipment?

  • Lekke - 2012-03-28 07:05

    Cant we ship all the Chinese Fu@$ers all back in containers to their home town? They dont belong here and only steal in our Land. An eye for an eye.

      Theo - 2012-03-28 08:51

      They steal our land hey? They don't belong here hey? Now where have I heard that before?

  • Christo - 2012-03-28 07:13

    That is egg on the face of SA customs officials that should have prevented the stuff from leaving SA in the first place.

  • phathuchicos - 2012-03-28 07:26

    what's perlemon?

      phathuchicos - 2012-03-28 07:27

      or abalone?

      Nigel - 2012-03-28 08:02

      its like a big shell fish

      rhodgkiss - 2012-03-28 08:03

      It is a type of shellfish similar to an oyster. It can be harvesteed legally by means of a permit. The permit system is used to ensure the ecological sustainability of the animal as it is a slow growing organism. Illegal harvesting removes juveniles from the eco-system thus preventing it from producing offspring which in the end will result in the species dying out altogether.

  • Nigel - 2012-03-28 08:02

    well done Hong Kong, how the hell does this cargo get through our ports, do our customs not check outgoing cargo for contarban??

  • rhodgkiss - 2012-03-28 08:04

    ...the matter will be investigated and the docket will go missing....same old story!

  • Jessica - 2012-03-28 08:52

    I say if you can afford it, you should stop supporting anything made in china. We have enough unemployment right here, why give our business to people who clearly do not share the same values as us! They are the root of our rhino horn problem, not to mention how they rip off legitimate brands, and don't give a sh*t about whale hunting, or decimating shark populations. Its sickening.

  • betsie.ackerman - 2012-03-28 09:38

    Bet the cops are feasting right about now!

  • mmoledis - 2012-03-28 10:08

    Well done Hong Kong, by so doing we will fight crime and win it at the end as long as theft goods are not bought from criminals we will by so doing discourage criminals activities. I salute you Hong Kong and hope also SA officials do the same with goods from China and Nigeria entering this country illegally, as they are killing our economy by so doing.

  • Cindy - 2012-03-28 10:09

    Really good article explaining the why's of this scourge:

  • Su - 2012-03-28 12:40

    It doesn't bring back those poor, poor animals who were mercilessly butchered and died in such agony, slowly suffocating to death in their own blood. Vote with your feet and don't buy anything made in China. No demand, no supply and all.

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