For­eign­ers fin­gered

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For­eign na­tion­als con­trib­ute sig­nif­i­cantly to high crime rates, said Na­tional Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Riah Phiyega, pic­tured, on Tues­day.

Pre­sent­ing crime sta­tis­tics to Par­lia­ment’s port­fo­lio com­mit­tee on po­lice, she said nearly 500 for­eign na­tion­als were ar­rested by the Di­rec­torate for Pri­or­ity Crime In­ves­ti­ga­tion for se­ri­ous com­mer­cial crimes.

Dur­ing the joint na­tional Op­er­a­tion Fiela, which came un­der fire for al­legedly tar­get­ing for­eign­ers, and sim­i­lar other oper­a­tions, 90 wanted sus­pects who are for­eign­ers were ar­rested. Some 700 sus­pects, also for­eign­ers, with prior con­vic­tions were await­ing trial.

Phiyega said that pre­vi­ously for­eign na­tion­als would sim­ply be de­ported but were now be­ing dealt with and held ac­count­able in South Africa.

She said more than R10.8 bil­lion was trans­ferred out of South Africa il­le­gally while al­most R2.2 bil­lion came into the coun­try il­le­gally.

Phiyega added that a money trans­fer sys­tem, Hawala, was used by many for­eign na­tion­als such as Pak­ista­nis and So­ma­lis and that stronger con­trols in this re­gard were needed.

– ANA

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