LEPHALALE — 125 persons were searched, five vehicles were stopped and searched and three illegal shebeens were found during Operation Fiela last week.
This was a joint operation by Lephalale SAPS and various security companies in Lephalale.
The operation was carried out in the informal settlement, Plastic View (Mahlakung) in Lephalale, next to Ellisras Provincial Hospital and the dumping site in Onverwacht.
According to Warrant Officer Frans Mokoena, Lephalale Cluster spokesperson, the main focus was to identify illegal immigrants, firearms and shebeens as well as to seize suspected stolen goods.
The idea for this operation was raised during a meeting with security companies around Lephalale and Lephalale SAPS.
During the operation, seven illegal immigrants were identified at Plastic View and among others, an illegal underground shebeen was uncovered in the dumping site.