SAPS recover poached abalone

Cape Times

Police have arrested two foreign nationals alleged to have had R81149 worth of abalone stored in a house in Kommissaris Street in Welgemoed. Provincial police spokesperson Siyabulela Malo said that the Bellville police had received a tip-off about the house in Welgemoed and that prior to the arrest on Saturday January 25, a high-speed chase had taken place to catch the suspects. Mr Malo said: “The members conducted further investigations and spotted suspects in the area who fled upon police arrival. “A high-speed chase led to the arrests of two foreign nationals in Jip de Jager Drive.” The officers then returned to the Welgemoed residence and found 1038 units of abalone. The pair will appear in court on Friday January 31 and were part of 50 poachers arrested in the province over the weekend by police and SANParks.