West Street a ghost town during police clamp down

WEST Street was a ghost town on Friday afternoon when Kempton Park SAPS, Gauteng police units, the metro police, home affairs and other law enforcement departments embarked on a stop and search operation in the area.

Most of the businesses closed shop during the operation.

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Kempton Park SAPS spokesman, Capt Jethro Mtshali, said they identified the shops that closed down and would investigate why.

Operation Fiela took place around Kempton Park as part of a back to basic campaign to increase visibility in the CBD and crime prevention in all hot spot areas, said Mtshali.

More photographs of the operation here

“The operation resulted in the arrest of 110 illegal immigrants, six for drug related crimes, one for robbery, one for possession of suspected stolen goods, 14 for drunken driving and one liquor outlet was closed for failing to comply with the Liquor Act and for operating an unlawful brothel,” explained Mtshali.

He said the operation was led by the acting provincial commissioner, Lt Gen Eric Nkuna, and the community thanked the police for taking over Kempton Park by getting rid of crime in the area.

“These operations will continue until Kempton Park becomes a crime free zone.”

During a previous operation on January 22, the police raided spaza shops and seized large quantities of counterfeit goods.

More raids were conducted at various places where drug dealing and prostitution were alleged taking place. Five suspects were arrested for possession of drugs and large quantities of drugs were seized.

Various liquor outlets were also checked for compliance and about 53 illegal immigrants were arrested and will be deported to their countries of origin.

Tumelo Tshetlo

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