Cops arrest 18 suspects for possession of endangered plant ‘worth a lot of money’
Cape Town – Police are looking for suspected thieves who shot and fatally injured two foreign nationals in Wallacedene on Saturday evening.
Police spokesman FC van Wyk said Kraaifontein Police opened a double homicide case following a violent shooting at a Spaza store in Hani Street, Wallacedene, Kraaifontein.
Van Wyk said two unidentified foreign nationals were shot and fatally injured by unknown suspects, who, according to a police report, “entered the store and started shooting the victims, before taking a shot. undisclosed amount of money and to flee the scene on foot. “.
Police are urging the public to provide information that could help apprehend the suspects.
Meanwhile, in Worcester, police Paarl and Vanrhynsdorp apprehended 18 suspects for possession of endangered species – Conophytum Ficiforme flora.
Police said the sequential arrests, the first taking place on Wednesday last week, saw several suspects apprehended over possession of the endangered Conophytum Ficiforme plant that was worth a lot of money.
In the first incident, police arrested four suspects at Swawelskloof Farm on the R43 in Worcester. They were in possession of the endangered species-flora worth 500,000 rand.
In another incident later that evening, police encountered another group of wildlife thieves on the N7 at an Engen gas station. The three suspects were found in possession of succulents of the species Conophytum.
Van Wyk said the three suspects were from the Bitterfontein area and were arrested for possession of endangered species of flora and fauna.
Van Wyk said: “All suspects are due in court today, for possession of flora without valid documentation and for possession of protected flora.”