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Police officers at the scene in Western Cape where they recovered abalone worth millions.

Abalone worth millions confiscated in police operations

WESTERN CAPE: The endeavours shown by the SAPS to tackle the lucrative illegal abalone trade in Western Cape and the smuggling syndicate have definitely paid off following two successful police operations, recently. It is believed that prior to the operations; information received led various police units to a farm on Bottelary Road in Brackenfall where two suspects, aged 43 and 46, were arrested for operating an illegal abalone processing facility. Police managed to seize 6, 878 units of fresh abalone, 24, 922 units of dry abalone and equipment used for the processing of abalone. Shortly thereafter, police made their way to Milnerton after receiving further information. Police stopped and searched a cold storage truck in Montagu Gardens. They discovered 231 bags of frozen abalone weighing about five tons. A woman and three men were arrested for illegal possession of abalone.  The truck was also confiscated. The exact value of the abalone confiscated during the two operations is yet to be determined, however it is estimated at several million rands and deemed a significant blow to the illegal abalone trade in the province.

Three suspects wounded, arrested following shootout

GAUTENG: Three suspects were wounded and arrested following a shootout with police in the Greenstone Hill area, recently. On the day of the incident, SAPS members from the Crime Intelligence Head Office Task Team followed up on information which led them to the vicinity. The police officers, who were supported by the Gauteng Traffic Saturation Unit, a private security company and Tracker observed the suspects near a mall in the area and approached them. As the law enforcement team identified themselves and tried to stop the vehicle, the suspects opened fire on the officers, who returned fire. Police reports confirmed that three suspects were wounded and arrested. Two unlicensed firearms and a suspected hijacked vehicle, linked to a Brackendowns case, were recovered on the scene. The suspects are in their 20s and 30s and were taken to hospital for medical attention under police guard. Cases of possession of unlicensed firearms as well as possession of suspected hijacked motor vehicle have been opened for investigation. The suspects will appear in court soon.

Teen’s mutilated body found in Limpopo

LIMPOPO: Police officials in Limpopo are perturbed by unrelenting incidents of apparent ritual murders. In the recent incident, police in Malamulele have launched a massive manhunt after the mutilated body of a 16-year-old girl was found in the bushes next to a river. The victim was identified as Rirhandzu Manganyi from the Gumbani Village. She was reported missing at the beginning of July after she left her home and never returned. Subsequent search efforts yielded no positive results for the police. It is believed that her lifeless body was discovered by young boys who went to the area to fish. The motive of the murder has not been established at this stage, however, police said that the possibility of it being a ritual murder cannot be ruled out. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stop on 08600-10111 or the nearest police.



Elaine Naidoo
Digital editor

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