Crime-fighting Operation Fiyela success

2015-07-01 06:06

Members of various policing units and provincial government examine some of the recovered firearms after a media briefing about the success of Operation Fiyela in KZN.

Members of various policing units and provincial government examine some of the recovered firearms after a media briefing about the success of Operation Fiyela in KZN.

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“WE shall continue to fight crime as a collective and continue to fight for the lives of the people,” said Provincial Police Commissioner, Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni at a recent media briefing at the Office of the Premier.

Ngobeni presented some crime statistics for KwaZulu-Natal relating specifically to Operation Fiyela in the province over the past few months.

A total of 45 747 arrests were made for serious and violent crimes (A Crimes) and 21 465 arrests for petty crimes (B Crimes). Most of the arrests came from drug- related crimes which yielded 13 367 arrests and assault arrests at 8 742. Shoplifting was also high with 4 224 arrests made.

“One should not underestimate the effects that shoplifting has on the economy. The high success rate of arrests made for this is largely based on the relationship between the police and business owners,” said Ngobeni.

During these operations 266 628 stop and searches were conducted, 706 774 blue light patrols and 865 572 vehicle patrols among other actions executed by law enforcement for them to get a handle on crime in the province.

There have been major breakthroughs in Greytown and Muden where firearms and ammunition are a huge problem.

There were 1 117 firearms and 10 585 rounds of ammunition seized during raids across KZN, some of the firearms were brought to the briefing for media viewing.

“The use of AK47s in the province is becoming serious.

Although there have been congested policing projects done is Greytown, the problem is not limited to Greytown. We continue to assess the information and work with community members to recover the firearms,” said Ngobeni.

Over 6 600kgs of dagga was recovered along with 5.5kgs of cocaine, 160kgs of heroin, 06grams of Mandrax powder, 5 245 Mandrax tablets and 92 590 litres of illegal liquor.

Ngobeni said that drugs are a serious challenge spread evenly across the province with an even greater problem being in the eThekwini region.

KZN Premier Senzo Mchunu commended the police on their work with crime in the province.

“Our key responsibility is to account to the people of the province. We welcome any measures needed to counteract crime in the province.”

Everyone who is involved in criminal activities will be treated as such.

“Crime is crime no matter who commits it,” said Mchunu. Regardless of the crime being committed by a foreigner, religious leader or a person living on the street, if they have committed a crime, they will be tried as a criminal.

MEC for Community Safety and Liaison, Willies Mchunu reiterated the premier’s emphasise on crime not being about nationality but about the act of the crime.

“The government is doing all it can to assist the police and we continue­ to look at crime in its totality.”

He said that Operation Fiyela is long overdue and encouraged other provinces to use it as a model to curb crime.

“If we can master the art of crime-fighting then I am certain that criminality will be brought to a standstill.

“There is absolutely nothing wrong with Fiyela. The operation was brought about to deal with crime. If the criminals are foreigners then it should apply to them too,” he said

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