The Police in Mpumalanga province has vowed to leave no stone unturned on people involved in illegal fishing in the province.
The police made the warning following the arrest of 10 men identified as illegal fishermen who were found in possession of bags stashed with fish with an estimated street value of R4m in Vosman near Emalahleni on Friday.
The suspects who fall in the age bracket of 29 and 40 will appear in the Vosman Magistrate’s Court today on a charge of illegal fishing.
Police provincial spokesperson Capt Dineo Sekgotodi said the suspects were arrested after the two vehicles in which they were travelling were found loaded with bags filled with raw fish.
Capt Sekgotodi said their preliminary investigation revealed that the fish were
unlawfully caught from one of the dams near Vosman.
“The police and Crime Intelligence unit gathered information about the suspects who were fishing illegally. During the arrest, the suspects were found transporting bags of raw fish in two vans. The value of the fish is estimated at R4m,” Sekgotodi said.