Operation Fiela gets more successes across Eastern Cape

NOVEMBER 2, 2015

Operation Fiela continues to make inroads in the fight against crime in the Eastern Cape Province. The operations started on Friday afternoon and continued until Saturday morning with a total of 41 arrests made at various Clusters, including Port St Johns, Butterworth, Motherwell, Mount Road, Uitenhage, Mthatha. 

In Port St Johns 

Twenty two arrests were effected: nine for assault, one for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, three suspects for operating illegal shebeens, and the shebeens were closed, three suspects were arrested for dealing in dagga, two for pointing with a firearm, one for residential burglary, two suspects for crimes relating to Second Hand Goods and one for theft and one for shoplifting.

"The following recoveries were made: three shot guns and four live rounds of ammunition, 144 counterfeit CDs/DVDs, eleven knives, dagga with an estimated street value of R 3500, liquor with an estimated value of R20 000. 897 persons, 493 premises and 137 vehicles were searched," Eastern Cape police said.

In Butterworth

A 20-year-old suspect was arrested for possession of a pistol. A 39 year old suspect was arrested for possession of dagga.

According to the police, 35 knives were confiscated when police conducted stop and searches.

"Ten shebeens were closed for operating illegally in the Dutywa, Ngqamakhwe and Centane. Liquor with an estimated street value of R20 000 was confiscated and will be destroyed. Each shebeen owner was fined R500."

In Port Elizabeth

Six suspects were arrested for dealing and possession of drugs. One suspect was arrested for housebreaking and theft and being in possession of suspected stolen property, three suspects were arrested for assault GBH and assault common, one  suspect for contravention of a protection order and one suspect for shoplifting.

"Drugs with an estimated street value of R25 000 were recovered, including 304 mandrax tablets, tik and dagga were recovered together with cash.  

"Hisense Plasma TV valued at R5 000,00 was also recovered. Traffic fines to the value of R26 000, 00 were issued for various offences ranging from driving without a driver’s license, expired license disk, unaccompanied learner driver to driving while talking on cellphone," police said.

"Seven undocumented persons were arrested. Two hundred and seventeen vehicles, 190 persons and 56 premises were searched." 

In Uitenhage

Three suspects, aged between 20 and 33 were arrested for possession of dagga.         

"Eleven liquor outlets were visited inspected for compliance. One hundred and forty-five vehicles were stopped and searched, sixty-two persons and thirty-three premises were searched," Eastern Cape police said.

"Traffic and other fines to the value of R7 800, 00 were issued for various offences ranging from driving without a driver’s license, expired license disk, urinating in public."

In Mthatha 

Two suspects aged 27 and 38 were arrested for possession of illegal firearms and ammunition. A .3 8 revolver special with three rounds and 9mm pistol with 8 rounds were recovered at Lujecweni location, Ngqeleni, near Mthatha.

Deputy Provincial Commissioner: Operations, Major General Zamuthango Mki said the police will continue clamping down on crime and criminal activities.

“Police will continue to be visible through these operations and maintain zero tolerance approach in preventing crime,” he said.

He further thanked all members who participated during these operations together with other security forces who joined the operations and affected the arrests over the past weekend.      

Image: Stop-and-search operations held in Gelvandale, Port Elizabeth, as part of Operation Fiela.