Operation Fiyela sees 68 foreigners arrested

2015-05-03 20:23

AN new operation by the SAPS and security forces has seen 68 illegal foreigners among 108 people arrested for criminal activity across the province.

Operation Fiyela was created with the aim of cleaning up the province’s streets of criminal elements and keep communities of KwaZulu-Natal safe. As many as 68 foreign nationals were arrested for illegal occupancy in the operation.

SAPS spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said the operation did not target foreign nationals and that it “just so happened” that they discovered the illegal foreign nationals during the operation’s raids.

In a statement sent out by the SAPS said in a statement yesterday, it said that the first two days of the operation saw large groups of security forces deployed across Pietermaritzburg, Umlazi and Inanda.

“Criminal dens were targeted during these intelligence-driven operations resulting in 15 suspects being arrested for dealing or possession of drugs,” said SAPS spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker. “Security forces also targeted those dealing in the illegal sale of alcohol which resulted in eight arrests while another three people were arrested for the illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.”

He said the 68 foreigners were arrested when they could not produce the “necessary documentation”. Large quantities of drugs, alcohol, dangerous weapons, stolen goods and counterfeit goods were seized by police.

KwaZulu-Natal provincial commissioner, Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni, congratulated the security forces involved in these operations. “In the days ahead, Operation Fiyela will be going into other areas as our intelligence dictates and we will be cleaning up identified trouble areas.

“There will be a lot of dust as we hit the ground and we want to assure our communities that criminals will be feeling the heat,” she said

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