Cape Town restaurant owner arrested for illegal possession of lobsters

2016-06-13 14:44

Cape Town - A restaurant owner found in illegal possession of 864 rock lobsters has been arrested, the City of Cape Town said on Monday.

"The owner could not provide an invoice for the goods and offered the [City’s Law Enforcement Marine Unit] staff a R15 000 bribe," said the City’s safety and security mayoral committee member, JP Smith, in a statement.

"She was arrested for possession of rock lobster without an invoice, possession of undersized rock lobster, and attempted bribery."

Officials seized 864 rock lobsters at the restaurant in Glencairn during an inspection on Saturday carried out by the City's Law Enforcement Marine Unit and a Table Mountain National Park ranger.

"This was a significant bust and a timely reminder that poachers enjoy support, even in the local market," said Smith.

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