Major successes were recorded during the Police’s ongoing Operation Fiela II when Provincial Police Commissioner Nneke Ledwaba joined his men in closing down on Mankweng and Botlokwa on Monday and Tuesday.
The group was composed of Police members from the relevant security cluster, community based crime prevention structures as well as members of the Public Order Policing Unit (Pops), Visible Policing Unit and officials from the Department of Home Affairs.
Provincial Police Spokesperson Moatshe Ngoepe indicated that the objectives of the operation were to deal with cross-border crimes such as vehicle theft syndicates, illegal immigration, mushrooming drug smuggling and road traffic transgressions. The process was conducted through tracing wanted suspects, roadblocks, vehicle check points and intelligence-driven tactical operations.
Ngoepe said in Botlokwa 19 illegal immigrants were detained, one person arrested for harbouring illegal immigrants and 21 traffic fines issued. A total of 403 vehicles were searched.
In Dennilton, Vuwani, Tzaneen, Burgersfort and Thohoyandou areas 88 suspects, aged 20 to 48, were arrested for various offences ranging from assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, contravention of the road traffic regulations, failure to comply with the Liquor Act, rape, common robbery, business robbery, drunken driving, possession of dangerous weapons, the Immigration Act, murder, malicious damage to property as well as unlawful possession of firearm and ammunition, according to Ngoepe.
He added that a vehicle which was reported hijacked in Sinoville, Pretoria recently was recovered abandoned in Dennilton during the operation. A firearm with 59 rounds of live ammunition were also recovered.
The suspects will appear before different Magistrate’s Courts across the province soon.
Story: RC Myburgh