Convicted perlemoen poaching kingpin Morne Blignault was back in the Eastern Cape High Court (Gqeberha) yesterday in an attempt to prevent the Asset Forfeiture Unit from confiscating assets believed to have been gained through his illegal enterprise.

HeraldLIVE reports that this was despite Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) senior advocate Warren Myburgh telling the court that nothing had yet been forfeited to the state.

He said Blignault and his former wife, Marshelle, had also not assisted in the matter by detailing what assets were gained through their illegal activities.

Myburgh asked the court to determine if the Blignaults had in fact benefitted from about R67.2m worth of assets, if these had been gained through the commission of criminal activities and for the court to make a preservation order for two properties valued between R2.8m and R4m.

The properties are in Kragga Kamma and Sydenham.

Blignault’s son, Morne junior lives at one of the properties, and Myburgh made it clear that the properties had not been sold by the state.

Judgment in the application was reserved.

Blignault and his former wife, Marshelle were sentenced in 2019 to 23 and 12 years, respectively, for their roles in running a perlemoen poaching empire.

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