SAPS, law enforcement, SANDF conduct raids

2015-06-04 06:01
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SAPS officers in a tavern raid.

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THOSE who were out and about on Friday night looked in awe at the convoy of SAPS, SANDF and associated law enforcement vehicles snaking their way from area to area within the Scottburgh SAPS policing precincts.

More than 100 personnel saturated the area in a clandestine operation planned and executed covertly by the SAPS and other law enforcement top brass.

The multidisciplinary crime-prevention operation included officials and members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), Port Shepstone Vehicle Identification Section (VIS), Immigrations, Durban and Umzinto K9 Units, Port Shepstone and Durban Tactical Response Teams (TRT), Port Shepstone Public Order Police (POP), Port Shepstone and Scottburgh Crime Intelligence and detectives and visible policing members of the Scottburgh SAPS.

Among the objectives of carrying out such a massive operation, under the auspices of “Operation Fiela”, a Sotho term which loosely translates as “clean up”, was to raid for wanted suspects, prevent crime, especially crimes such as burglaries and robberies and as a show of force.

“It was evident that the show of force served its purpose because the streets and taverns were unusually quiet for an month-end weekend,” said police­ spokesperson Captain Vincent Pandarum.

“Of note is the fact that, from Friday until Monday morning, the only serious crime reported was a burglary in the Pennington area.”

A road block resulted in nine motorists being charged with drunk driving, a Fiat Uno being impounded by members of VIS for having false identification numbers.

A number of people were charged for less serious offences and issued with admission of guilt summonses.

The Port Shepstone Cluster Commander, Major­ General Thembi Ndlovu, was looking forward to being a part of the operation, but had to change her plans at the last moment due to unforeseen circumstances. She complimented the operational­ officer, Major Gavin de Lange from her office, for efficiently co-ordinating the entire operation which entailed bringing in officials from other state departments and police officials from police stations as far afield as Phoenix, Pinetown and Tongaat.

“I would like to place on record my sincere thanks and appreciation to every official who was part of Operation Fiela on Friday night. This must be a warning to criminals that we have the will and the capacity to remove them from society. As and when the need arises, I will arrange for large-scale operations in areas hardest hit by crime,” said Ndlovu. - Supplied


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