Cape Town - 120327 - 2.6 tons valued at R7.5 million of abalone was confiscated by SARS Customs officials in a joint effort with Hong Kong officials and unloaded at the storage in Paardeneiland. The abalone was not intercepted on its way to Hong Kong last year, but has been returned through a negotiation with Hong Kong officials. The product is valued at R27 million in Asian markets, where the abalone is predominantly demanded. An effort has been made to combat abalone poaching by teaming up the Department of Agriculture, Fishing and Forestry, the NPA, SARS, the Asset Forfeiture Unit, and Hawks. No local arrests have been made but some have been made in Hong Kong and South Africa is negotiating for the perpetrators to be tried in South Africa. The abalone will go through processes determined by the Dep of Agriculture and will be auctioned. PICTURE: THOMAS HOLDER

Noupoort, Eastern Cape - A Port Elizabeth man accused of being illegally in possession of R1.1 million worth of perlemoen was granted bail in the Noupoort Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

National Prosecuting Authority regional spokesman Phaladi Shuping said John Jacko Blake, 31, was granted R30,000 bail in the Eastern Cape court.

He would appear again on March 19. - Sapa