Operation Fiela sweeps through Gauteng

File: Police arrest one of the suspects as part of Operation Fiela. Several people were arrested in Gauteng for various crimes during Operation Fiela. Photo: SAPS / Captain Piet Smit

JOHANNESBURG - Operation Fiela nabbed 1364 suspects for various crimes and recovered more than 15 000 counterfeit goods worth R300 000 in Gauteng.

The two-day operation started on Thursday and seized goods include cigarettes, clothing, DVD’s and CD’s.

“More than R100 000 fines were issued for contravention of by-laws and traffic violations. Police management in Gauteng is also taking strong action against police officers who are corrupt and involved in criminal activities. Those officers are a burden to the service and should be reported,” said a statement issued by the police.

Among those arrested, 271 were caught for drug related offences, 67 for possession of suspected property, 56 suspects were arrested for assault, 51 for illegal dealing in liquor and 28 people were arrested for robbery.

Other charges include possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, murder, rape, fraud, malicious damage to property and traffic offences.

“Members of the community are urged to isolate criminals and report illegal firearms in their possession. Any information that may lead to the recovery of the firearms especially high calibre firearms will be rewarded,” said the police.

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