‘Operation Fiela 2’ launches, Phuthaditjhaba Free State

South African Police Service

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'Operation Fiela 2' launches, Phuthaditjhaba Free State. Photo: SAPS
'Operation Fiela 2' launches, Phuthaditjhaba Free State. Photo: SAPS

A multidisciplinary operation was conducted with Home Affairs Immigration Unit, Thabo Mofutsanyana Environmental Health, Department of Education, SANDF, FS Provincial Traffic, Vispol members, Mounted Unit, Stock Theft, Crime Intelligence Gathering, K9, COCC, TRT, VIS and Social Crime Prevention with DPOs were all out to send message to the community that working together we can do more.

The aim is to send the message the community towards their own security and safety as deliberated in focus of the operation.

The teams were working with 5 groups which concentrated on various crimes as outlined within Operations Objectives:

Tseki conducted community education with regard to human trafficking outreach program with community, Seotlong Secondary School surprise visit and searching of learners was conducted with Director Mofokeng of Thabo Mofutsanya District wherein a parolee was identified within school yard renting a house with rape record.

All classes were searched and hawkers selling cigarettes to learners were removed away from school gate.

The traffic offences were handled, people dealing in dagga at Namahadi, Harrismith, Tseki-Bolata dagga plants were uprooted.

Teams visited 22 shacks in which five shebeens were identified and closed in Setsing Shopping complex for selling liquor, sealed liquor and empty beer bottles were removed. The seizures of 150 by 750 ml and 10 litres of beer bottles were removed.

The illegal taxi operators were also checked and four light motor vehicles without permits were issued with fines including those with un roadworthy ones and disobeying of traffic signs.

The three illegal immigrants were also arrested during the tour of high density visibility in which some of them where selling expired groceries and food were handled by environmental affairs including illicit cigarettes found on their shops.

About 230 people were stopped and searched at Setsing in which COCC arrested three suspects with illicit drugs known as Nyaope and cash of R230.

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