Pearl of almost R350 000 found in Robertson


Efforts to eradicate the illegal trade of abalone in the Western Cape have borne fruit.

A 69-year-old man from Pearly Beach, Gansbaai, was arrested by Robertson police on Saturday.

“Officers received reliable information about a Suzuki Swift car being used to transport abalone to Robertson,” says Capt. Frederick van Wyk, spokesperson for the police. “The car was last spotted at Rooibrug, Bonnievale. Officers quickly responded to the information.”

The car was then spotted in Voortrekker Road, Robertson and when the suspect noticed the police vehicle, he tried to flee.

“The car was stopped and searched at the Shell filling station in Robertson. Officers came across 1,247 units of abalone in the car.”

The suspect is expected to appear in the Robertson Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of illegal possession of abalone.