According to the Western Cape police, a man from Hawston has been arrested after being caught in possession of crayfish worth an estimated R3.5 million.
Police said the 38-year-old man was caught with 6832 crayfish tails and 235 live crayfish at about 6.40am on Monday, 19 October near Sir Lowry’s Pass.
“A security officer from Gordon’s Bay security was patrolling in the vicinity when he received information of a suspicious looking vehicle in the Lwandle area,” Western Cape police spokesperson FC Van Wyk said.
“When the driver realised that he was being monitored he sped off towards the N2 in Somerset West. The suspect continued on the N2, driving towards Sir Lowry’s Pass where police joined the chase. The driver was arrested and upon searching the vehicle a total of 6832 crayfish tails and 235 live crayfish were found. The crayfish was handed over to the Department of Environmental Affairs, Forestry and Fisheries,” he said.
Van Wyk said the suspect is set to appear in the Somerset West Magistrates’ Court once he has been charged.