Operation Fiela, which aims to crack down on crime and restore order in areas hit by the recent violence against foreign nationals, has led to 889 arrests in several provinces.
A total of 278 people have been arrested in KwaZulu-Natal, 414 in Gauteng, 29 in the Free State, 24 in the Western Cape, 10 in the Northern Cape, nine in North West and 125 in the Eastern Cape since the start of the operation late last month.
According to the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NATJOINTS), the arrests were for various offences.
Of the 889 arrested, 13 were arrested for drug related crimes, 13 for assault, four for murder, two for unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
NATJOINTS believes that these arrests will go a long way in ensuring safer communities free from drugs because safety of everyone is a priority.
A total of 745 people were arrested for being in the country without documentation.
“These individuals will be deported and handed over to officials in their respective countries,” chairperson of the NATJOINTS, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela, said on Monday.
Operation Fiela, which means ‘sweep’ in Sesotho, is a multidisciplinary interdepartmental strategy aimed at ridding the country of illegal weapons, drug dens, prostitution rings, undocumented migrants, human trafficking, hijacked and condemned buildings and general lawlessness.