R11m worth of illegal goods seized during Bellville raids

29 people were also arrested for various crimes during the operation on Thursday.

Cape Town law enforcement officials, backed by the military, raided the Bellville CBD in a massive anti-crime blitz on 7 May 2015. Picture: SAPS.

CAPE TOWN - Illegal goods worth R11 million have been confiscated during an anti-crime blitz in Bellville.

Twenty nine people were also arrested for various crimes during the operation on Thursday.

Law enforcement and Home Affairs officials backed by the military swooped on the Bellville CBD, searching for counterfeit goods, illegal firearms and undocumented immigrants.

Cape Town law enforcement officials, backed by the military, raided the Bellville CBD in a massive anti-crime blitz on 7 May 2015. Picture: SAPS

Illicit cigarettes with a street value of R50,000 were also part of a consignment seized by the police.

Two Ethiopian men allegedly caught in possession of the cigarettes and six boxes with khat were nabbed.

Twenty undocumented immigrants were also arrested.

Acting provincial police commissioner Thembisile Patekile said they will carry out weekly operations to rid the area of crime.

The operation was a show of strength by law enforcement who raided shops and stalls for illegal goods even those who were locked at the time.

Cape Town law enforcement officials, backed by the military, raided the Bellville CBD in a massive anti-crime blitz on 7 May 2015. Picture: SAPS