460 arrested in Eastern Cape Operation Fiela in three months

SEPTEMBER 7, 2015

Around 460 people have been arrested in the Eastern Cape, between April and June, during government's ongoing crackdown on criminals as well as illegal immigrants dubbed Operation Fiela. This was revealed by Minister Jeff  Radebe on Monday morning during a media briefing by the Inter Ministerial Task Team on Migration.

He said that around 9 968 arrests have been made countrywide druing that time. Around 3 064 arrests were made in Gauteng, 1 314 in Limpopo, 1 264 in the Western Cape, 1 225 in Mpumalanga, 916 in KwaZulu-Natal and 881 in the North West. A further 561 suspects were arrested in raids in the Northern Cape and 283 in the Free State.

Operation Fiela began in the Eastern Cape after a blitz in Port Elizabeth in May

In August, Eastern Cape police announced that an Operation Fiela effort that hit the streets of KwaNobuhle and Kirkwood resulted in the seizure of R177 500 worth of drugs and the arrest of more illegal foreigners.

"Operation Fiela has done a lot has to restore peace across the country," the Minister said.

While condemning the killing on police officers across the country - 58 officers have been killed by criminals so far this year, he  also said that; "Operation Fiela continues in crime hotspots throughput the country with intelligence driven operations."

Radebe said that many of those that were arrested have been arrested for priority crimes such as illegal firearms, ammunition and explosives; illicit drug trafficking; illegal liquor trading; second hand goods; human trafficking; prostitution; crimes against women and children; hijacking and illegal occupation of land.

He said the operation continues to screen people from other countries and over 6 000 awaiting deportees have been checked.

"Drugs have been raised as a main concern by many communities, many youth driven by the habit commit crimes to feed their habit," the Minister said.

"The Department of Social Development is helping arrested drug users."

He also said that the work of reclaiming our communities is not the work of government alone.

"We should all do because criminals live among us," Radebe said.

"Communities encouraged to report crimes to crime stop hotlines."

Image: Minister Jeff Radebe leads Inter Ministerial Task Team on Migration briefing. Kalden Ongmu via Twitter.

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