More arrests during Fiela operation

2015-06-09 06:00

The Manenberg police, army, metro police and traffic services coordinated another integrated operation on Thursday last week.

Manenberg police spokesperson Lieutenant Ian Bennett says the aim was to target a hotspot in the area “due to the ongoing gang conflict and the lack of information from the community”.

“The Manenberg police drove the initiative to do another cordon-off search within an identified hotspot,” Bennett explains.

The operation started at 03:00 in areas between Red River, Renoster, Rio Grande, Pecos and Tugela roads.

“We moved into Manenberg once again and did a thorough door-to-door search. This operation has also focused on outstanding wanted persons,” he says.

“The success lies in gaining the trust of the community and ensuring the steady flow of information regarding concerns of the community that we could address efficiently by arresting perpetrators.”

Arrests included 14 men arrested for “various outstanding cases dating back to 2013”.

A 23-year-old man was arrested in Manenberg Avenue for the possession of an unlicensed 9mm pistol, with 51 9mm live rounds.

A woman, aged 43, was arrested for the possession of five packets of tik. A 31-year old man was arrested for the possession of illegal counterfeit cigarettes.

“The community was quite surprised that we followed up with another operation within a week of the first operation. The Manenberg police wants to show the community that we are serious in bringing calm to the area and ensuring everyone’s safety.”

The day after the operation a 22-year-old woman and 44-year-old man were arrested at about 07:00 for the possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition.

“Police members received information of illegal firearms and ammunition at an address in Renoster Road. This is where gunfire can be heard regularly,” Bennett says.

Officers from the Manenberg police station then executed a search at the address and found the firearm hidden in a false panel in the bed. Sixteen 9mm rounds was confiscated with the 9mm pistol.

The suspects will appear in court soon.

“We will continue to encourage the community to report criminal or gang activities,” Bennett says.

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Anyone with information can contact the Manenberg police on 021 699 9400 or Crime Stop on 08600 10111

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