Over 186 arrested in North West during Operation Fiela

FILE PICTURE: Policemen during Operation Fiela. Picture: Alaister Russell

FILE PICTURE: Policemen during Operation Fiela. Picture: Alaister Russell

At least 186 people were arrested on the second day of Operation Fiela in North West, provincial police said on Sunday.

“The arrested suspects include 24 for contact crimes, six for drug and liquor-related crimes, two for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, and 19 for property-related crimes.

A total of 125 fines were issued. Most of the suspects were arrested in the Brits cluster, while 76 undocumented persons were also taken in for processing and verification of their documents, said Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone. He said the operation was held simultaneously in Mahikeng, Rustenburg, Brits, Klerksdorp, and Potchefstroom on Friday.

“It was during the operation that goods such as dagga, counterfeit goods, copper cables, two firearms, 19 rounds of ammunition, liquor, DVDs, and cigarettes were seized. The suspects are expected to appear in courts in various parts of the province on Monday.”

The operation was conducted as part of the nation-wide simultaneous operations in identified hotspot areas with a focus on Operation Fiela/Reclaim priorities to maintain stability and security.

This operation followed the one held on Thursday, in which 171 suspects were arrested for various offences.


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