Media Release: SANParks TMNP & MCM nab 6 suspects with 2 544 abalone
Routine patrols by the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) rangers, SANParks Corporate Investigation Services (CIS) and Marine Coastal Management (MCM) led to the arrest of six suspects and confiscated 2 544 abalone in the early hours of this morning, Thursday, 18 September 2008.
The poachers were nabbed in a high speed chase through the streets of Simonstown. The men were then taken to the Simonstown police station and will remain in custody until they appear in court.
SANParks and MCM set up observation points yesterday afternoon while the suspects, who were operating between Simonstown and Cape Point, went about their illegal activities. Various SANParks, MCM and South African Police Services (SAPS) operations have nabbed over 400 individuals for poaching of marine resources since the inception of a Marine Protected Area in 2004.
The latest arrest brings the number of SANParks-effected in the last 30 days to eight.
Previously, the TMNP rangers arrested 2 suspects in Tafelberg Rd and Scarborough, respectively, on Tuesday 19 August. A woman who had been hiking on Platteklip Gorge spotted a man breaking into a vehicle and alerted the TMNP rangers who were patrolling the area. The rangers gave chase and together with SAPS arrested the suspect with stolen goods in his possession on Tafelberg Road. A charge has been laid at the Cape Town Central police station.
In another incident, on the same day, TMNP rangers patrolling the Scarborough vicinity of the Park saw a man they had positively identified on two previous accessions. They held him on site until he was formally arrested by the Simonstown SAPS. Previously, he was spotted at Patridge Point, where, on being chased by TMNP rangers, he dropped two bags with stolen goods which the rangers took to Simonstown police station. The stolen good were positively identified by a resident of Castle Rock. Later, he was spotted inside one of SANParks properties in Redhill by rangers who were on patrol in the area.
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