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Suspect arrested for illegally picking proteas on Table Mountain

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SANParks rangers arrested a suspect for picking large amounts of king proteas and Cape sugarbush in the Table Mountain National Park on 5 May.

After receiving a public tip-off of someone near Jonkersdam in the southern section of the park near Fish Hoek, park rangers were deployed and apprehended the subject, who will be charged.

Due to a large number of proteas cut, SANParks will be investigating the case further in terms of illegal trade and may add additional charges depending on the outcome.

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The Cape sugarbush is listed as critically endangered on the IUCN red list and an assessment report by the South African National Biodiversity Institute found that 47% of protea species face the threat of extinction.

The illegal picking of proteas is therefore treated as a serious crime with SANParks stating that they have been trying to catch the suspect for some time and are grateful for the tip-off which led to the arrest.

Picutres: SANParks

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