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“There are no jobs – this is how we support our families” says abalone poacher

“We know what we are doing is illegal. We know it is a crime. But it is not a violent crime,”
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Cape Town High Court sentences abalone poacher to 244 years imprisonment

Protests erupted on Monday evening in the Overberg area of Kleinmond following the arrest of five alleged abalone poachers.

The protests resulted in vehicles being stoned and bystanders were injured.

One person was arrested for public violence following the protests and a meeting was subsequently held with authorities on Wednesday evening to calm the situation.

Kleinmond locals who were interviewed by Ground Up said that poaching is a matter of survival in the informal settlement of Overhills.

“We know what we are doing is illegal. We know it is a crime. But it is not a violent crime,” an abalone poacher living in Overhills informal settlement, in the small coastal town of Kleinmond, told GroundUp on Wednesday.

The coastal town in the Overberg area is well known for being an abalone poaching hotspot.

Poachers from Kleinmond insist that poaching is the only way they can support their families.

A community leader told Ground Up that the contribution by poachers is highly appreciated in the community.

“If they didn’t give that contribution, I wouldn’t have been standing here. The money goes to the community,” he said.

 

 

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