By means of an built-in effort with the South African Police Companies (SAPS) and the Malmesbury Inventory Theft and endangered species unit, 5 suspects had been apprehended with three luggage totalling 5 697 succulents.
In response to a SAPS assertion, the suspects had been arrested after they had been stopped and searched on the N7 near Vanryhnsdorp. The succulents they’d of their possession consisted of Conophytum, an particularly endangered succulent.
With the rising reputation of succulents, Conophytums are in excessive demand now. These succulents solely happen in small localised populations, which locations them susceptible to being collected to extinction in a few visits by a poacher.
The 5 apprehended suspects had been charged with possession of endangered flora with out documentation, and are anticipated to look within the Malmesbury Magistrates court docket.
The darkish aspect behind the rising reputation of succulents