Fiela sweeps clean as smugglers feel long arm of law

2015-06-18 06:01

SAPS arrests suspects during operation fiela in Siyahlala Informal Settlements in Philippi. 

Lulekwa MBadamane

SAPS arrests suspects during operation fiela in Siyahlala Informal Settlements in Philippi. PHOTOs: Lulekwa MBadamane

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South African Police Service, City Police and the South African National Defence Force are continuing with Operation Fiela despite complaints.

On Friday during the operation in Siyahlala informal settlements in Philippi a total of 19 people were arrested.

At about 09:00 members of the K9 unit apprehended four people for being in possession of dagga. This was after members received a tip-off while they were on patrol during an Integrated Operation Fiela Reclaim which was conducted in Browns Farm,” said Nyanga police spokesperson Captain Ntomboxolo Sitshitshi.

According to police the four arrested while they were occupying a room with drums and bags of dagga weighing 147 kg with an estimated street value of R80 000.

“The three men aged between 28 and 44 as well as a 36-year-old woman were immediately arrested and are in custody.

These arrests came minutes after 15 suspects were earlier apprehended for possession of dagga, drugs, ammunition including five foreign nationals,” said Sitshitshi.

They were apprehended during 167 searches conducted which included 167 premises, 407 people and three vehicles.

Residents said that they were worried to see police and army men wondering around their neighbourhood.

Ndimphiwe Phoswa, 36, said that bringing in soldiers is striking fear in the community.

“We know that there is crime in the area but the presence of soldiers is scary.

The police should focus on the criminals and not harass people,” she said.

Another resident who did not want to be named said that the operations were just for show.

“When we call police they take forever because they themselves are afraid of the criminals.

When the operations end they leave and we have to deal with the criminals,” he said


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