Operation Fiela hits Summer Greens

Police are also stopping and searching vehicles entering and exiting the suburb.

FILE: Police are also stopping and searching vehicles entering and exiting the suburb. Picture: Thomas Holders/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town police are conducting various raids around Summer Greens this morning as part of Operation Fiela.

The crime fighting blitz is aimed at cracking down on crime and restoring order.

Some Summer Greens residents have welcomed the police raids in the area.

Thousands of people have been arrested as part of the anti-crime blitz across the country in recent months.

Police vehicles were patrolling Summer Greens while officers' conduct raids at homes and businesses.

Traffic is slow moving as policemen check for licenses.

Resident Percy Dimharo said he hopes the operation will clean up the streets, as drugs is one of the biggest problems in their community.

"I can't deny that, especially when it comes to drugs, I think if they can try and clean up the drugs."

Dimharo has called for more of these anti-crime operations to be conducted in the area.

Thousands of people have been arrested in similar operations across the country since April.

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Police vans were spotted all over Summer Greens.

Police were also stopping motorists who are entering and exiting the suburb, checking for licences.

Traffic has been backed up substantially as a result.

Other police officers can be seen patrolling the area, as residents, most of them en route to work, look on.

Police said they will be conducting raids in the area for most of the day.

The Summer Greens community hall is serving as a central point for police, with vans parked outside the building receiving information from the officers who are conducting the raids.

The controversial joint operation has been the most successful operation in the seizing of criminal elements from known hotspots.

It was started following xenophobic attacks that hit the country earlier this year.