Operation Fiela reason for few serious weekend crimes: Police

NOVEMBER 9, 2015

The high police visibility during Operation Fiela in Kirkwood, in Addo, and in KwaNobuhle, in Port Elizabeth, yielded good results as no serious crime incidents were reported in these two policing areas over the weekend, Eastern Cape police said on Monday.

Operation Fiela started at Kirkwood on Friday evening and continued until Sunday morning in KwaNobuhle.   

"In Kirkwood, two suspects, aged 20 and 25, were arrested for possession of dagga.

"They were expected in the Kirkwood Magistrates' Court on Monday, on charges of possession of dagga," the police said

"Two hundred and forty-one persons were stopped and searched and twenty five premises including taverns were searched during the operation."

In KwaNobuhle, two shebeens were closed for trading without a licence and over 205 litres of liquor seized.

"The owners of the two outlets were issued R1000 fine each," the police said.

"Two motorists were arrested in two separate incidents for driving under the influence of liquor.  The suspects were expected in the KwaNobuhle Magistrates Court on Monday for driving under the influence of liquor."

The police said that a total of 65 persons were stopped and searched and six premises were also searched.

Twelve vehicles were also stopped, searched and inspected. Traffic fines to the value of R1 000 were issued for driving without a valid license.  

Operation Fiela continues to enjoy great support from the public. Major General Zamuthango Mki, thanked all the members and officials deployed at the operation.

“The increased visibility of security forces has thus far resulted in no criminal incidents reported in the areas during the times of the operation,” he concluded.