Suspects arrested in clean-up operation

2015-08-05 06:00
OPERATION FIELA was conducted by SAPS members nationwide. Numerous arrests were also made in the Northern Cape for illegal goods, drugs and illegal immigrants. Here are police members inspecting shops in the Kimberley CBD.

OPERATION FIELA was conducted by SAPS members nationwide. Numerous arrests were also made in the Northern Cape for illegal goods, drugs and illegal immigrants. Here are police members inspecting shops in the Kimberley CBD.

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AT least 18 undocumented persons, two suspected robbers and two suspects of theft out of motor vehicles were arrested during the Northern Cape’s Operation Fiela on Thursday (30/07).

Operation Fiela was conducted nationwide as well as throughout the province whereby the South African Police Service’s (SAPS) Kimberley, Galeshewe, Hartswater and Upington Clusters participated in crime combating operations in their respective station areas. SAPS members and other relevant government departments, as well as provincial and municipal law enforcement agencies, formed part of the integrated operation within the province.

According to Col. Pricilla Naidu, the operations focused on illicit drugs, contraband and illegal goods and products, secondhand dealers, hijacked and condemned buildings, unlicenced businesses, illegal firearms and ammunition and other related offences.

She confirmed that there was a high police visibility in the Kimberley CBD.

In addition, the Kimberley Cluster also did compliance visits to businesses in terms of labour-related issues.

In Upington, one person was arrested for possession of suspected stolen property after solar panels to the value of R12 000 had been confiscated from a house.

One person was also arrested for possession of counterfeit DVDs and CDs whereby 52 DVDs and CDs were confiscated.

Six suspects were arrested for various crimes like drinking in public, assault and riotous behaviour in Hartswater.

Naidu stated that the “clean-up” operation was well accepted by the community and businesses. “Operation Fiela is an initiative that aims to ensure that the people in the Northern Cape are and feel safe,” she concluded

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