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OPERATION PHAKISA EXECUTED IN THE COASTAL AREAS OF THE NAMAKWA DISTRICT
2023/11/22      |  Written By:  Sergeant T Sam   |   Province:  Northern Cape

KIMBERLEY – 22 November 2023 -The multi-disciplinary Operation Phakisa commenced on Thursday, 16 November 2023 and ended on Sunday, 19 November 2023 in Port Nolloth, Kleinsee, Groenrivier, Alexander Bay and Hondeklipbaai.

Actions focused on illegal activities in relation to marine resource related crimes by monitoring and ensuring  strict compliance of the prescribed ranching, fishing and harvesting regulations as well as addressing the proliferation of drugs and preventing the flow of undocumented Immigrants.

During this period the public was authorized to engage in commercial cray fishing, permitting them to possess and transport a prescribed amount of West Coast Rock lobster fish (crayfish) as authorized in terms of the Marine Living Resource Act, 1998  (Act no 18 of 1998).

The operations were executed under the overall Command of Colonel Kholakele Sontsi, the Provincial Commander for Public Order Police (POP), supported by, Mr Thulani Mthombeni from the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment with the assistance of Captain James Peters and Lt Colonel Boitumelo Seleke the Operational and Tactical Commanders respectively.

Teams from different Departments and SAPS Units, including the Department of Home Affairs Immigration Services, the South African Revenue Services (SARS) customs Unit, SAN Parks, the SAPS Provincial Proactive Policing, Springbok K9, POP Unit, Crime Intelligence and the Vehicle Crime Investigation Unit actively participated in the planned actions.

The actions and activities executed during the commencement of the operation included, compliance and permit inspections, vehicle check point (VCP's), stop and searches, foot patrols and vehicle patrols along the coastal areas and raids at identified houses for illegal drugs and other commodity smuggling.

Three (03) VCP's were conducted on the Port Nolloth/ Alexanderbay road and the Port Nolloth/Kleinsee road during which 76 vehicles and 121 persons were stopped and searched. Numerous operational successes were achieved including, the confiscation of marine resource products valued at approximately R16 720. A 37 year old Chinese male was arrested and charged for possession of abalone and marine resource products.

Traffic fines valued at R8 500 were issued for offences under the Road traffic Act, 93/1996.Eight (08) undocumented Immigrants were detained and processed by the DHA Immigration services officials. All suspects will appear in the Port Nolloth Magistrate Court soon.

The Northern Cape Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Luntu Ngubelanga thanked the public for their vigilance and  cooperation  during the execution of the operation. He said that these operations benefit the public. Law enforcement officers need to be fierce and determined in protecting our marine resources.

 

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Actions focused on illegal activities in relation to marine resource related crimes.
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Actions focused on illegal activities in relation to marine resource related crimes.
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Actions focused on illegal activities in relation to marine resource related crimes.
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Actions focused on illegal activities in relation to marine resource related crimes.