Police restore order in Grahamstown - four arrested, stolen goods recovered

OCTOBER 30, 2015

Operation Fiela reclaimed order in the violence stricken Grahamstown area on Thursday. Four suspects, aged between 28 and 49 years, were arrested on various charges including possession of suspected stolen property and possession of drugs.

According to Eastern Cape police, over 20 fridges and chest freezers were recovered.

Other stolen property recovered were household items, fencing and hardware. The recovered property is believed to have been stolen when the community members started looting shops in the Joza and Grahamstown areas last week, which resulted in 97 suspects, including 10 juveniles, being arrested.

The suspects appeared in the Grahamstown Magistrates’ Court and were remanded in custody. They will appear in court again today on charges of public violence.

The Grahamstown Cluster Commander, Brigadier Morgan Govender, said after the operation, “The objective of this operation was to reclaim order and recover the property which was looted last week.

"As the Cluster Joints, we will continue to assist the displaced individuals as well as their families and provide them with the necessary support.

"I also make an urgent appeal to any person who has knowledge where any of the stolen property is being kept to contact their local SAPS or the Information can be shared through Crime Stop 08600 10 111 and Crime Line 32211, where all information will be treated as confidential."