These details were outlined in a disciplinary hearing of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (Daff) deputy director-general Siphokazi Ndudane last month.
Chairperson of the legislature’s standing committee on economic opportunities Beverley Schäfer leaked the charge sheet. She said the department had yet to take any decisive action against Ndudane.
“It has now been proven that she has blatantly and tragically abetted the illegal abalone trade in the Western Cape which continues to ravage both our oceans and our small fishing communities,” Schäfer said.
According to the charge sheet, Ndudane’s involvement in incidents of abalone theft took place on September 25 last year, January 8 and May 15.