Several arrests during Operation Fiela in Mandela Bay, East London and Port St Johns

NOVEMBER 23, 2015

Following the launch of Operation Fiela/Reclaim: Safer Festive Season on Friday in Port Elizabeth by Eastern Cape MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison, Weziwe Tikana; Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Mayor, Dr Danny Jordaan, and Eastern Cape SAPS Provincial Commissioner, Lt General Celiwe Binta, several people were arrested over the weekend for various crimes and offences.

In the Nelson Mandela Bay area, the launch was preceded by operations which started on Thursday evening and continued till Friday afternoon.

"Five suspects, aged between 25 and 50, were arrested and charged for dealing in and possession of dagga [during the operations] and twosuspects were arrested for suspected stolen property," Eastern Cape police said.

"One suspect was arrested on a warrant of arrest for suspected stolen property and dagga to the value of R 2 500 was confiscated.

"Police also confiscated one 9 mm pistol, two magazines, four live rounds of ammunition, two 38 special rounds of ammunition, a Mazda 323 valued at R20 000, a stripped VW Golf Velocity valued at R15 000 and motor vehicle lights.

"A total of 120 persons and 8 vehicles were stopped and searched. All the suspects will appear in court soon."  

Operation Fiela also started simultaneously in Kirkwood and Despatch on Saturday evening and continued until early Sunday morning.   

"Fivesuspects, aged between 24 and 31, were arrested for possession of dagga. 

"One compliance notice was issued for non-compliance with the trading hours," police said.

The suspects was expected in the KwaNobuhle Magistrates Court on Monday.

"A 32 year-old suspect was arrested for drunk and driving and another 22 year-old was arrested for contravening of the protection order."

They were also expected in the Uitenhage Magistrates Court on Monday.

Around 208 persons were stopped and searched while 15 vehicles were stopped, searched and inspected. 27 premises were searched. One fine was issued for brewing an illegal concoction. 

East London 

In East London, police closed 14 illegal liquor outlets and confiscate huge amounts of alcohol in operations conducted in East London CBD, Duncan Village, Southernwood and Scenery Park.

"Five compliance inspections were also conducted under the Fire and Health Safety Regulations. The most problematic liquor outlets were closed for failing to comply with the regulations. The operations were aimed at reducing illegal conducting liquor sales and non-compliance with Liquor Act Regulations," the police said.

Port St Johns

In Port St Johns, five suspects were arrested for crime ranging from rape, stock theft and residential burglary.

"Two suspects paid admission of guilt fines for selling liquor without a licenses while one suspect was arrested and substantial amount of liquor was confiscated.

"One hundred and thirty-nine fake DVDs and CDs were confiscated," police said.

Twenty-seven permits were checked, which resulted in the arrest of five illegal immigrants.

"Traffic officials also issued 4 tickets for traffic violations, executed three warrants to the value of R 2 700 and checked 20 vehicles for roadworthiness." 

Two hundred and forty-seven persons were stopped and searched while 42 vehicles were stopped, searched and inspected. 57 premises were searched.    

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 throughout the Festive Season and beyond,” he said.