Police Confiscate R1 Million Worth Abalone After Gas Explosion

Police Confiscate R1 Million Worth Abalone After Gas Explosion (News Central TV)

Police in South Africa have confiscated Abalone worth over R1 million at a drying facility in Motherwell after the entire place was gutted due to a gas explosion.

The explosion which occured at a house in Ncwazi Street NU 7 in Motherwell gutted the entire facility leaving one room untouched.

Further investigation by police unearthed fans, gas bottles and 2227 units of abalone in the house.
The Stock Theft and Endangered Species Unit in Kariega are investigating cases of malicious damage to property and in terms of the Marine Living Resource Act, 19 of 1998 – operating an abalone processing establishment without a permit.

Abalone are rock-clinging snails now at critically low levels due to over-exploitation. The confiscated abalone was taken for storage by the Department of Sea Fisheries.

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Nelson Mandela Bay District Commissioner, Brigadier Thandiswa Kupiso, urged residents not to turn a “blind eye” to any suspicious activity in their neighbourhoods instead to report it to the police.

“The operation of illegal activities such as this in residential areas can be detrimental and life threatening to innocent people,” said Kupiso.
“Homeowners renting their properties have the onus of visiting and inspecting their properties from time to time. We will not allow criminals to ply their illegal trade among law abiding citizens.”

Twelve days ago, Abalone valued at over R600,000 were seized in Eastern Cape.

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