“At approximately 06:30 [police] spotted the vehicle, a white Volkswagen Caddie panel van, on the N2 opposite Lwandle and pulled it from the road,” said Western Cape Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andrè Traut.
“Upon searching the vehicle, they recovered numerous cardboard boxes containing dried abalone. The driver of the vehicle, a 53-year-old man from Hawston, Hermanus was arrested and the vehicle seized.”
Following the arrest, the result of a tip-off, officials from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries were called to the Lwandle police station to count the estimated R1.2 million abalone, of which there were 7 270 units.
The man was expected to appear in the Strand Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday on charges of the illegal possession and transporting of abalone.