Operation Fiela expected again in Nelson Mandela Bay today

JULY 31, 2015

The joint crime-combating effort called Operation Fiela, is expected again on Friday to target some parts of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro. Hundreds of Port Elizabeth policemen, supported by customs officials, home affairs officials and other stakeholders, were deployed to the city's CBD on Thursday were they searched vehicles and people at various locations.

Deputy Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner for Operations, Major General Zamuthango Mki, on Thursday morning briefed more than 200 police members outside the Joint Operations Centre situated at the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro's firestation before they were deployed.

Mki said that this Operation Fiela was being driven by police intelligenc, which helped to identify areas to target.

Thursday's operation is the 27th such undertaking in the Eastern Cape, since its launch in May.

Mills said they were focussing on the Mount Road policing cluster, adding that the Operation will continue on Friday.

"We have got members form Disaster Management, Provincial traffic, Metro traffic, Home Affairs and Immigration, SARS and Human Settlements. They are from various departments as we feel they can play a role in assisting us" she said.

In May, Port Elizabeth police, the SANDF, the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro Police and Home Affairs officials launched raids around Durban Road in Korsten, Port Elizabeth, were they conducted searches and verifications.

Around 1 715 individuals and some 212 vehicles were stopped and searched during that two-day operation. Over R8 000 worth of drugs and illicit cigarettes were seized, traffic summons valued over R15 000 issued and over 100 people were also arrested for various crimes as well as for being in the country illegally.

Operation Fiela was launched by government after xenophobic violence swept through KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng in April.

The raids to date, resulted in the arrest of many suspected criminals as well as illegal foreign nationals.

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