• IS provokes sea-change

    It has been a grave mistake to defy both Russia and France, says Leopold Scholtz.

  • Nene's SAA nemesis

    No political figure seems to have the guts to speak out against Dudu Myeni, says Solly Moeng.

  • The mp3 revolution

    Ian Mann takes a look at the war between digital music and the compact disc.

All data is delayed
See More

Cape businessman to pay SA R295m

Jun 17 2013 10:51

The court ordered Bengis, his son David and his former business partner Jeffrey Noll to pay for exporting illegal large amounts of West Coast rock lobster from South Africa to the US. (File photo, Sapa)

Related Articles

Woman out to save Cape lobsters

DA unhappy over rock lobsters

Johannesburg lobster charges dismissed

Lobster raid: Firm says sorry to media

'Thousands' of lobsters caught illegally

6 held for perlemoen, lobsters in W Cape


Johannesburg - A convicted Hout Bay businessman Arnold Bengis has been ordered by a United States court to pay nearly R295 million restitution to South Africa, The Star newspaper reported on Monday.

The order was issued by the US court on Friday and included Bengis' son David and his former business partner Jeffrey Noll.

The court ordered Bengis, 77, David, 43, and Noll, 62, to pay for exporting illegal large amounts of West Coast rock lobster from South Africa to the US.

This was the largest order of its kind, according to the report.

Because the trio had already paid the South African government about R70m as part of another criminal case, they would now have to pay the remaining R224m.

Desmond Stevens acting head of fisheries at the department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries said government initially wanted more than R537m restitution, but was overjoyed by what the US court had ordered.

According to US court papers, Noll and Bengis headed two US firms that imported, processed, packaged and distributed the fish on behalf of Hout Bay Fishing Industries.

Follow Fin24 on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest.

us  |  cape town  |  marine life


Read Fin24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Company Snapshot

We're talking about:


Marketing is a big concern in SA's small business community, followed by a lack of confidence and partnering with the wrong people, according to a survey.

Money Clinic

Money Clinic
Do you have a question about your finances? We'll get an expert opinion.
Click here...

Voting Booth

The 25 basis points interest rate increase is:

Previous results · Suggest a vote