'Operation Fiela Two must not create environment of fear like in Fiela One'

The new national anti-crime blitz, Operation Fiela Two will officially be launched on Tuesday in Johannesburg.

Lawyers For Human Rights Kayan Leung chats to 702's Stephen Grootes about some concerns with Saps latest anti-crime campaign.

She says Operation Fiela One kicked off in 2015, following the heightened xenophobic tensions.

It actually created an environment of fear, causing widespread human rights abuses...the military term 'operation' is reminiscent of the state of emergency under apartheid, when the rule of law was suspended, and repression and force were used to counter political opposition.

Kayan Leung, Lawyers For Human Rights

She says they welcome national government's commitment to fighting crime but says the wide net cast during Fiele One should not be repeated.

She adds that the targeting of non-nationals should be avoided.

She acknowledges concerns of undocumented nationals within the country but says it needs a more holistic approach. There are many reasons that people may not have documentation, she adds.

Take a listen to Kayan Leung's concerns:


This article first appeared on 702 : 'Operation Fiela Two must not create environment of fear like in Fiela One'


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