Operation Fiela yields successes in Port Elizabeth

JULY 31, 2015

Operation Fiela, which was carried out at the Port Elizabeth CBD's Main Taxi Rank on Thursday morning, yielded a number of successes according to Eastern Cape police. Hundreds of policemen, supported by customs officials, home affairs officials and other stakeholders, were deployed to various parts of the Nelson Mandela Bay as pasrt of a country-wide blitz.

According to Eastern Cape Provincial Police Spokesperson, Brigadier Marinda Mills, during the five-hour-long blitz yesterday, authorities issued drivers with fines amounting to R55 000 for various traffic offences.

Two suspects were arrested for being in possession of suspected stolen property, while 27 cellphones and three laptops were also recovered during the operation.

Police also seized dagga and tik as 320 people, 92 premises and 90 vehicles were searched.

Operation Fiela is expected to continue in other parts of Nelson Mandela Bay on Friday.

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

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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