'Police blitz in Summer Greens a success'

The ward councillor says there is a definite need for an increase in policing in the suburb.

Police searching a vehicle in a crime fighting blitz near Summer Greens, Cape Town, this morning. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/ EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Summer Greens ward councillor said there is a definite need for an increase in policing in the suburb.

The South African Police Services members in their numbers conducted raids in the area on Thursday as part of Operation Fiela.

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

During the blitz, three men were apprehended after police found tik worth an estimated R275,000 in their home.

A 45-year-old man was also detained for being in the possession of cocaine.

Summer Greens ward councillor Joy McCarthy said, "Operation Fiela was solely needed, there's overcrowding of rental stock, drug-dealing, drug-taking, a plethora of house shops which have been approved under sort of false pretences.

"They're not really house shops, there are drug-dealings happening in these shops and as a result, Summer Greens has become a target."

The police's Andre Traut said several other arrests were made.

"With the assistance from the department of Home Affairs, 34 undocumented persons were also arrested. Once charged, the suspects will make a court appearance in Cape Town."

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