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R2.6M worth Abalone seized

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We are concerned by the high rate of Abalone smuggling in the country and call for authorities to do everything to curb this criminal activity. We welcome the news that on Wednesday 21 February 2018, the Hawks' Eastern Cape Serious Organised Crime members confiscated 1.6 tons of Abalone at the Durban harbor estimated to be worth more than R2.6 million. The seizure emanates from information received from a similar case which occurred on 26 January 2018 at the Port Elizabeth harbour in the Eastern Cape when 8.6 tons of Abalone valued at R18 million was seized.

The ANC believes that despite arrests in cases of this nature in the past, this is a recurring problem. We commend the South African Police for acting swiftly and arresting the suspects. We hope those involved will be punished and the warning sent to all would be smugglers that such criminal activity will not be tolerated.

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