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Tuesday, 20 October 2015 08:36

Government addresses newspaper report

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Acting Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) spokesperson Phumla Williams on Monday reiterated that Operation Fiela Reclaim was an intervention that came as a result of concerns from communities.


Phumla Williams

This follows a report in a Sunday newspaper regarding a transcript suggesting police “grapple with how to spin the anti-crime drive Operation Fiela to avoid criticism of the way it targeted foreigners”.

Operation Fiela Reclaim is a multi-disciplinary, inter-departmental operation aimed at eliminating criminality and general lawlessness from communities. 

The breakdown of arrests that have been made by the operation illustrates both South Africans and foreign nationals were raided.

Williams said the feedback received to date has been a positive one. “The public has played a significant role in providing government with pointers to illegal activities that take place in their respective communities.”

She said government remains committed to working with South Africans, including foreign nationals, to create peace and stability in their respective communities.

“South Africa is part of the continent and remains committed to finding lasting solutions for the continent,” she said.

Williams said the work of the IMC continues as mandated by the President.

“It will ensure all the issues raised by foreign nationals and South Africans are addressed so as to promote peaceful existence within communities,” Williams said.