WC police to probe claims officers working with abalone poachers

MPLs say they have received information that some officers are on the payrolls of poachers.

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CAPE TOWN - Western Cape police management has vowed to investigate claims that officers in some coastal towns are working with abalone poaching syndicates.

Deputy provincial commissioner Thembisile Patekile yesterday briefed the Western Cape Legislature's Standing Committee on Economic Opportunities, Tourism and Agriculture on anti-poaching programmes.

Members of the Provincial Legislature told Patekile that during oversight visits they received information that some officers in Hout Bay and Gaainsbaai were on the payroll of poachers.

Committee chairperson Beverley Schafer says this is concerning.

"The member that was here earlier and our standing committee had both been given the same information at different times, stating very clearly that the illegal abalone poachers walk out of the sea and nobody does anything. So there is a problem and that needs to be investigated please."

Patekile says corruption is a challenge and police need communities to come forward with information.

"To assist us because we are determined to root the corruption out. As you can see, last week we arrested almost all five of our own on corruption charges."