Members of the South African Police Services ( SAPS) officers backed by SANDF soldiers to conduct searches and identity checks in central Durban last night.PHOTO:RAJESH JANTILAL
Members of the South African Police Services ( SAPS) officers backed by SANDF soldiers to conduct searches and identity checks in central Durban last night.PHOTO:RAJESH JANTILAL

Operation Fiela will continue

By African News Agency Time of article published May 14, 2015

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Parliament - President Jacob Zuma and his cabinet remained supportive of Operation Fiela despite claims by rights groups it was targeted at foreign nationals, government spokeswoman Phumla Williams said on Thursday.

Briefing journalist following Wednesday’s fortnightly cabinet meeting, Williams said the operation, being carried out by the SA Police Service, the army and home affairs officials, was not targeted at foreigners.

“This operation aims to deal with issues of criminality such as illegal weapons, drug dens, prostitution rings and other illegal activities,” she said.

“Cabinet reiterates that this operation is not targeted at foreign nationals, instead it is targeted at the criminality within our country as unmasked through a series of consultations with communities.”

Williams denied claims by several rights groups that have slammed Operation Fiela and who have insisted that it was an attempt to clear South African streets of foreign nationals.

“As a country that prides itself with having the best and the most liberal constitution in the world, we have taken a centre stage on human rights issues, as such we cannot authorise an operation that will violate the human rights of any individuals or groups,” she said.

ANA

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