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‘Saps fails to curb poaching’

The report about the Overberg Police and the challenges it faces with regard to abalone poaching will be presented to Provincial Parliament this month.

The Western Cape police Ombudsman, JJ Brand, released his report on the Overberg Police in August this year, and found that the complaint about police inefficiencies against abalone poaching to be substantiated.

He made several recommendations, including that abalone poaching be classified as organised crime, that an Environmental Court be established and that abalone poaching is listed as a serious crime, in line with rhino poaching.

A member of the Provincial Parliament, Reagen Allen, says this report will now be presented to the Provincial Standing Committee on Community Safety. “Pending the availability of Western Cape Police Ombudsman, a report regarding poor Saps performance on abalone poaching will be presented to the Standing Committee on Community Safety on Thursday 17 October, to ensure that recommendations made by the Ombudsman’s Report are thoroughly executed by the Department of Community Safety.”

He says abalone poaching has an irrefutable link to gansterism, drugs and crime, adding that any arrests made in this regard have the possibility to unveil crime syndicates. “This will bring us a step closer to ensuring that we make the Western Cape a safer place for every community.”

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