Explosion at Cape Town house uncovers alleged perlemoen processing plant

2018-02-08 15:26
Perlemoen. (File, Beeld)

Perlemoen. (File, Beeld)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - An explosion at a house in Maitland, Cape Town on Wednesday morning resulted in the discovery of an illegal abalone (perlemoen) processing facility, Western Cape police have confirmed.

A drying room was found at the back of a house in Hely Street when officers responded to the explosion at 06:50, police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk said.

Numerous shelves of abalone, a gas cylinder and a fan was discovered in one room, while another contained a large number of containers filled with shucked abalone.

Van Wyk said the equipment, which also included burners, scales and bags of salt, would be seized.

"The buildings were extensively damaged by the explosion. Two neighbouring houses were also damaged."

READ: Companies created to smuggle perlemoen out of SA as 'pilchards', court finds

One person was admitted to hospital with severe burn wounds and another fled the scene, Van Wyk said.

A 33-year-old man and a 50-year-old woman were arrested.

"The exact value of the abalone confiscated is yet to be determined. However, it is valued at a substantial amount," Van Wyk said.

The suspects are expected to appear in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on charges relating to the Marine Living Resources Act once they have been charged.

KEEP UPDATED on the latest news by subscribing to our FREE newsletter.

- FOLLOW News24 on Twitter

Read more on:    cape town  |  poaching  |  crime

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.