17 nabbed, R3 900 in fines issued during Operation Fiela in Port Elizabeth

OCTOBER 30, 2015

Operation Fiela brought a different vibe to KwaZakhele, KwaDwesi, New Brighton and Motherwell policing areas, in Port Elizabeth. The operation started at 12:00 on Thursday and continued until 20:00.

The ongoing multi-disciplinary and interdepartmental crime fighting operation comprised of various government departments and officials from DAF, Provincial Traffic and SAPS. The combined forces ensured that law was enforced in the area.   

According to Eastern Cape police, 17 suspects were arrested for various crimes ranging from house robbery, car-jacking, assault with intention for grievious bodily harm and common assault to kidnapping.

Seventeen knives, two pangas and two toy guns were confiscated. Ten undocumented persons were also arrested.

The following successes were also recorded:

  • 234 persons, 214 vehicles, and 22 premises were searched.
  • Traffic fines amounting to R3 900 were issued for traffic violations ranging from driving without license and unlicensed vehicle.      

"That operation was followed by the tracing of wanted offenders, which took place between 20:00 last night and 04:00 on Friday morning," the police said.

"Eighteen suspects, aged between 25 and 35 years, were arrested. Nine of these suspects had warrants of arrests issued against them for crimes such as domestic violence, assault and possession of drugs."   

The operation was welcomed by the community members in the areas.

“Operation Fiela continues to address crime and criminal activities in a structured and co-ordinated manner. We are determined to make the communities safer and free from criminals and criminal activities. 

"We are also committed to rid our communities of knives and pangas which are used to attack people and result in murders and also of the toy guns which are used to intimidate people during robberies,” said Major General Zamuthango Mki, Deputy Provincial Commissioner: Operations.  

The operation will continue today in the Gelvandale and Bethelsdorp policing area, the Northern Areas of Port Elizabeth.