Operation Fiela sweeps Matatiele

2015-06-19 06:00
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SAPS members in a shop in the Matatiele CBD check for illegal activities and check if the shop owner is in the country illegally.

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MATATIELE police and an interdepartmental team comprising of the SANDF, immigration officers and local and provincial traffic officers went on lock-down in the Matatiele CBD during Operation Fiela recently.

The joint operation, aimed at eliminating criminal elements in areas was, according to Matatiele SAPS spokesperson Raphael Motloung, a success as more than 30 people were arrested. “We raided businesses, shebeens and other crime hot spots, the operation was also aimed at identifying illegal immigrants living in Matatiele,” he said.

“Among the people who were arrested most were foreign nationals who had no legal documents for being in the country. Others were arrested for running illegal shebeens, others for possessing illegal firearms and others had cars whose engine were illegally tampered with,” Motloung said.

Operation Fiela, which translates to “clean sweep”, has in recent weeks, faced opposition and calls for it to stop by different quarters of society saying the people arrested during the raids are being compared to rubbish.

However, government resisted the calls saying it cannot be expected to fold its arms and watch as its citizens are decimated by crime.


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