Five arrested with Conophytums worth R600 000

Five suspects are charged under the Nature Conservation Act 9/2009 Sec 50 and 51 for illegal possession of protected plants worth over R600 000.

On 13 January 2022 at about 05:00 the members of Springbok Stock Theft and Endangered Species unit, Springbok K9 and Springbok Highway Patrol arrested five male suspects on the N14 near Springbok.

Police confiscated 8130 Conophtym Achabense plants and three cell phones that were found in their possession.

The five men are between the ages of 22 and 25 and will soon appear in the Springbok Magistrates’ Court.

The Acting District Commander for Namakwa, Col Schalk Andrews commended the team for a sterling job done. We urge people to keep on reporting crimes of this nature to the police by sending anonymous sms to 32211 or by contacting us on the MySaps App.

Source: South African Police Service