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Thirteen appear in court on alleged Abalone poaching charges

by Selwyn Bergman
on 02 Oct 2007
Oceanography SA
Oceanography SA

Thirteen alleged members of an Abalone (Perlemoen) Poaching Syndicate appeared in the Port Elizabeth Regional Court. The accused were believed to have laundered the money obtained through perlemoen poaching.

This case sees prosecutors making use of new legislation that provides law enforcement officials with the ability to go after syndicate members who, though not directly involved in the poaching, have reaped some benefit from it. Though the legislation has been around for some time, it had remained difficult to implement - until now.

Perlemoen in South Africa are facing a severe crisis, as their dwindling numbers threaten the species with extinction. Escalating levels of poaching increase the stress placed on the valuable resource.

Nearly R3-million worth of abalone were seized during the operation which saw the 13 alleged syndicate members taken into custody.

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