Multi-disciplinary security simulation exercise in Gauteng and Fiela ops in two provinces


Police in Gauteng this week exercised a range of capabilities in Gauteng aimed at ensuring “the security forces hone their skills in preparation for any eventuality” according to a statement issued by the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NATJOINTS).

The simulation exercises, involving an unknown number of agencies and government departments not specified by the NATJOINTS statement, were confined to the Kempton Park and Midrand areas of the country’s economic hub.

If previous information as regards NATJOINTS activities and operations is taken as a barometer there would have been at least 10 government departments and/or agencies involved in the simulation exercise. This would have seen the SA Police Service (SAPS) as the lead agency with the SANDF, SA Revenue Service, the metro police departments of Ekurhuleni and Johannesburg and the departments of Home Affairs, Labour, Agriculture, Justice and Correctional Services involved.

This week’s simulation exercise comes on the heels of a decision taken by NATJOINTS to conduct exercises in various provinces to ensure “all role players from different disciplines can work together in a co-ordinated manner”.
“This will ensure that, as a collective, we are in a position to effectively deal with any situation, whether it be proactively or reactively. It is also intended to test the important concepts of command, control, co-ordination, communication and intelligence-sharing among role players from different environments,” the statement said.

At the same time, there is another NATJOINTS operation underway nationally. Operation Fiela 11 was launched in mid-January and police in North West’s Klerksdorp earlier this month undertook a series of taskings and raids to maintain law and order as well as peace and stability a SAPS North West media centre statement said.

Operation Fiela 11 is aimed at “rooting out criminals and shutting down crime hotspots” according to Police Minister Fikile Mbalula.

The multiple ops undertaken from February 16 to 19 across North West saw 204 arrests for crimes ranging from liquor related offences to murder and robbery. Forty-five undocumented persons were also arrested. It will run for a year before being reviewed.

Northern Cape police are also active with Op Fiela 11 and undertook a second-hand goods awareness campaign this month. Working alongside Eskom, Telkom and Transnet personnel, police from the provincial firearms and second-hand goods unit visited scrap metal and used goods dealers checking compliance. The focus was on copper, particularly cable; railway materials, tower batteries and solar panels.

Provincial police spokesman Captain Sergio Kock said officers and representatives from the State-owned enterprises were also on the lookout for other suspected stolen goods.