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PE mom in court accused of illegally exporting shark, octopus

23 January 2014
Hendrick Mphande

GLAMOROUS suburban mother- of-three Sharmilla van Heerden cut a lonely figure in the dock yesterday when she appeared in the Port Elizabeth’s Magistrate’s Court in connection with illegally exporting more than 95 tons of shark and octopus, worth millions, to Australia.

The case is believed to be the first of its kind in the region.

Van Heerden, 36, of Gerdine Street, Summerstrand, who is believed to be from a prominent Port Elizabeth family, appeared calm when magistrate Abigail Beeton warned her to appear again in court tomorrow in connection with the eight charges dating back to 2011 and involving more than R7-million.

She and her husband, Marius, who run the popular Fisherman Fresh in the harbour, are well known in the fishing industry.

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Report Abuse Author: TheRef Date: 23 January 2014 14:01

I hope this ”Sharkster” is still in custody,the exploitation of our natural sea resources is getting dire,the region cannot take the masacare of our resources by these pirates!

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