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Woman caught between a rock lobster and a hard place

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City of Cape Town – Media Release -13 June 2016

A restaurant owner found with over 850 unexplained rock lobsters was one of 165 suspects arrested by the City’s enforcement agencies in the last week.

A Glencairn restaurant owner will appear in court soon following her arrest for the illegal possession of West Coast rock lobster.

The City’s Law Enforcement Marine Unit, assisted by a Table Mountain National Park ranger, conducted inspections of restaurants on Saturday 11 June 2016. At a premises in Glencairn, they found 864 rock lobsters. The owner could not provide an invoice for the goods and offered the staff a R15 000 bribe. She was arrested for possession of rock lobster without an invoice, possession of undersized rock lobster, and attempted bribery.

‘This arrest came about because our officers turned their attention to the end of the value chain in the illegal rock lobster trade. This was a significant bust and a timely reminder that poachers enjoy support even in the local market. That the woman had the temerity to try and bribe our staff casts further doubt on her character and also makes me wonder what else she might be involved in to go to those lengths,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

Issued by: Media Office, City of Cape Town

Media enquiries:

Alderman JP Smith, Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, City of Cape Town,

Tel: 021 400 1311 or Cell: 083 675 3780,

E-mail: jean-pierre.smith@capetown.gov.za (please always copy media.account@capetown.gov.za)

 

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11 comments

Peter June 14, 2016 - 9:05 am

Why not name the restaurant? Should be named as culprits like these are the most important, creating a demand and destroying our ecosystems. Poor recreational divers have to bear the brunt. I sincerely hope that she will be dealt with and that an example gets made of her.

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Jackie June 14, 2016 - 1:36 pm

It’s obviously the Asian restaurant at the spar centre.

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Tommie Kruger June 14, 2016 - 9:20 am

It’s great that she is caught but why are the poachers allowed to poach openly at broad daylight?
I have seen them catching crayfish at Vermont and ofloading it in Hawston harbour in broad daylight as if it is legal to do it.
The police were phoned while they were still busy pulling the nets and when they were ofloading onto bakkies in the harbour but nothing was done about it!

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Ecoecho June 14, 2016 - 11:15 am

The offer of a bribe should also say something about the fact that there are officers who would take a bribe. I think zapping the user end of the poaching problem is huge and should be done more often and yes, name and shame once it has gone to court.

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Jeff Batt June 14, 2016 - 11:36 am

Name and shame them NOW…

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Suzanne June 14, 2016 - 12:52 pm

Well done. About time. Evident from the hordes of Asian tourists that stop off there that they must have been offering ‘something’ – why else would anyone go into that closed off restaurant in that dive of a centre and eat seafood with a view of the petrol station forecourt when they are only minutes from such a beautiful stretch of coastline with loads of other restaurants! I bet the perlemoen has been flowing too.

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Hazel Conacher June 14, 2016 - 6:00 pm

Its about time they were caught. Been going on for years! Im glad they have finally been arrested. Police should make regular checks there after this as one arrest won’t stop them…………

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Drake June 15, 2016 - 11:43 am

How about contacting the tour company and asking them to boycott the establishment… Just one idea..

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n mountifield June 17, 2016 - 11:01 am

They have been had up before for perlies !!!

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JJ June 15, 2016 - 2:17 pm

The name of the restaurant is Sushiyama its the restaurant by Glencairn Petrol Station.

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K Kay June 23, 2016 - 11:14 pm

This is not the first time this place has been under scrutiny. They have previously been found with perlemoen and crayfish without a permit. The punishment was obviously not felt. A fine is easy for them. They are always full of busloads of Chinese tourists. Hit them where it hurts or close them down.

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