Operation Fiela delivers more successes in Uitenhage, Kamesh and Mthatha

NOVEMBER 16, 2015

Operation Fiela continued in the Nelson Mandela Bay and in Mthatha on Friday evening until early on Sunday morning and yielded successes as police made inroads in the fight against the proliferation of drugs in these areas and various other offenses.

In Port Elizabeth, five suspects, aged between 25 and 50, were arrested and charged for dealing and possession of drugs and possession of suspected stolen property.

Drugs, namely mandrax tablets, dagga, tik, cocaine rocks to the value of R50 000 were confiscated together with an undisclosed amount of cash. Three flat screen TVs were also confiscated. All the suspects will appear in court soon.   

Three firearms, one magazine and eighteen live rounds of ammunition were also recovered.  

155 persons and 44 vehicles were stopped and searched and 40 buildings/ premises and were searched. 

Police operations in Uitenhage and Kamesh, which started on Friday and ended on Saturday. In Uitenhage, five suspects, aged between 28 and 37 years, for driving under the influence. 

A 29 year-old male suspect was arrested for possession of suspected stolen goods, while another suspect, a 36 years-old, was arrested for possession of dagga. All the suspects were expected in the Uitenhage Magistrates Court on Monday, on charges of drunk driving, possession of suspected stolen goods and possession of dagga.

Traffic fines to the value of R4 000 were issued for driving without a valid license. 

Seventy vehicles and 20 persons were stopped and searched and three liquor premises were visited.  No fines were issued, as the liquor outlets were in compliance. 

In Kamesh, three suspects, aged between 25 and 28 years, were busted with dagga.

One suspect (41) was arrested for the contravention of a court order.    

Traffic fines to the value of R9 400 were issued for driving without a valid license.    

In total, 248 persons and 36 vehicles were stopped and searched and 12 premises including taverns were searched. 

In Mthatha, four suspects aged between 18 and 34 years old were arrested and four unlicensed firearms - pistols with thirty-four rounds of ammunition, five  magazines and two firearm holsters were confiscated.

The suspects were arrested at Konqeni Locality, Bityi Administrative Area near Mthatha.

The Operation started at 03:00 until 07:00 on Sunday. All the suspects were expected to appear in the Mthatha Magistrates Court on Monday on charges of possession of illegal firearms and ammunition.

“We are determined to make the communities safer from criminals and criminal activities.  We are also committed to ridding our townships and villages of drugs that are destroying the lives of many young people and firearms which are used in commissioning of serious crimes,” said Major General Zamuthango Mki, Deputy Provincial Commissioner: Operations.