The operation took place over March 14 and 15, and was meant to continue until March 16. However, the police found that shops were closed on the last day. “Matatiele is not a small town, therefore it was not easy for police to search all the shops at one time. They had to search one street at a time. They found no one in the shops in some streets,” said SAPS spokesperson Captain Raphael Motloung.