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Undocumented migrants and other suspects arrested or fined during Operation Fiela II

Jun 30, 2018
Undocumented migrants and other suspects arrested or fined during Operation Fiela II

All eight police stations of the Motherwell SAPS Cluster, with emphasis on the Motherwell, Swartkops, Ikamvelihle, Kwazakele, New Brighton and Kwadwesi stations, took part in Operation Fiela II with the main focus on the New Brighton and Kwazakele areas.

"The operation focussed on searching for illegal fire arms, wanted criminals, drugs and drug trafficking, undocumented persons, compliance by traders in terms of the law and road traffic act offenders," said police spokesperson, Captain Andre Beetge.

"During the operation, a 43-year-old shop assistant was arrested for possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition. A 9mm pistol with six rounds of ammunition was fund in his possession at a shop in New Brighton.

"A total of 52 fines were issued for road traffic act violations to the value of R107 400, which included 13 for unlicensed vehicles and 41 drivers for not having drivers licenses. A further R13 100 were recovered for 10 outstanding warrants of arrest for traffic act violations."

He said that one suspect arrested in terms of the counterfeit goods act for possessing 132 DVD's and 155 CD's that were illegally duplicated.

"An arrest was also done on charges of possession of stolen goods and dealing in medicine where 48 boxes of different medicine tablets and brands were confiscated. Value undetermined on release of this statement," he added.

"Three shops were furthermore closed for utilising illegal electricity connections. Another 14 undocumented persons were arrested and handed over to the Department of Home Affairs.

"Three suspected stolen laptops were also confiscated as found property."

The arrested persons in this operation will all be appearing before the New Brighton Magistrate's Court on Monday to face their respective charges against them.

“Our presence was felt by the criminal element in New Brighton and Kwazakele today during our Fiela 2 Operation in these areas,” said Motherwell Cluster Commander, Major General Dawie Rabie.

General Rabie furthermore expressed his gratitude towards the community for their patience and understanding where searches and road checkpoints were conducted.

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