Warrant issued for Sea Point shop owner

2012-04-10 19:01

Cape Town - A warrant was issued by the Cape Town Regional Court on Tuesday for the arrest of shop owner Mark Jonathan Goldberg after he failed to appear for sentencing.

Magistrate Wilma van der Merwe postponed the proceedings to 24 April, and said the warrant would be executed if Goldberg, 52, failed to appear for a second time.

Goldberg, who owns a curio shop in Sea Point, was arrested in 2009 after he was found in possession of ivory worth about R32m. He was later released on R5 000 bail.

His case was scheduled to take the form of a plea-bargain at the time, but negotiations collapsed when the State and Goldberg's defence were unable to reach an agreement on his sentence.

  • Bibi - 2012-04-10 20:30

    Gone to Mauritius. have they ever thought of confiscating his passport(s)?

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-04-11 09:26

    I hope the government assets forfeiture unit is doing their work, there can be no sympathy for people dealing illegally in Africa's wildlife.

  • Stormkaap - 2012-04-11 10:17

    This oke is gone!

  • Gavin - 2012-04-11 11:04

    With a surname like Goldberg and R32 million in ivory alone, we can only guess at how much he has stashed in bank accounts in New York or Tel Aviv. Put it this way, he ain't gonna be having tea with his Rabbi, waiting for constables Sipho & Koos to come and fetch him

      HugoMabasa - 2012-04-11 18:34

      I get reminded of a guy who fled SA in 95 after killing a unionist in the northern cape.His accomplices were given 4 year sentences.Our hero fled to the US .He was finally arrested in 2010 while holidaying in Windhoek.This Goldberg can run but can he hide?

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