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Scammers take aim at SIU

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Nothing is sacred when it comes to the bare-faced cheek of South Africa’s scamming community as the respected and results driven Special Investigating Unit...

What the uMkhonto weSize Party sees for South Africa on the defence and security...

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After legal victory over the majority African National Congress, one of the newest additions to the South African political environment – the uMkhonto weSizwe...

Ramaphosa tries to patch up relations with Rwanda

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Could South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s efforts to rekindle ties between his country and Rwanda also help resolve the dangerous standoff between Rwanda and...

Mapping a surge of disinformation in Africa

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Disinformation campaigns seeking to manipulate African information systems have surged nearly fourfold since 2022, triggering destabilizing and antidemocratic consequences. The proliferation of disinformation is a...

Niger has cut military ties with the US: why this is bad for the...

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Niger – a landlocked country of 25 million people in one of the most unstable parts of the world – recently announced it was...

Mapisa-Nqakula hands herself over to police after resigning as Speaker and Member of Parliament

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Former Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has handed herself in to the police, a day after announcing her resignation as Speaker of...

Asset Forfeiture Unit secures R43 million preservation order against former DRC defence attaché

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The National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA’s) Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) has secured a R43 million preservation order emanating from a case of fraud and theft...

Mapisa-Nqakula bribery allegations further evidence of SANDF “destruction” – Groenewald

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Freedom Front Plus (FF+) leader Pieter Groenewald “hopes” the latest brouhaha in the Department of Defence (DoD)/SA National Defence Force (SANDF) axis will be...

Mapisa-Nqakula takes special leave after bribery claims, raid

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Given what she terms “the seriousness of allegations” and “attendant extensive media speculation” National Assembly (NA) speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has gone on special leave. The...

Mapisa-Nqakula proclaims nothing to hide after NPA raid

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A National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) five-hour plus raid on the home of National Assembly (NA) Speaker, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, in the upmarket eastern Johannesburg suburb...

Mapisa-Nqakula in opposition party crosshairs following bribery allegations

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) is pushing for former defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula to be investigated by Parliament’s ethics committee after she was accused of...

Sudan Armed Forces are on a path to self-destruction – risking state collapse

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It is now 10 months since the outbreak of civil war in Sudan in April 2023, pitting the Sudan Armed Forces against the Rapid...

Mapisa-Nqakula denies bribery allegations, will co-operate with “any formal investigation”

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Former defence and military veterans minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula “categorically denied” bribery allegations levelled against her with regard to contracts worth in excess of R100...

Work continues to make SA FATF compliant

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South Africa, by way of the Finance Ministry’s National Treasury (NT), is progressing and has addressed five of 22 Financial Action Task Force (FATF)...

Somalia-Turkey maritime security partnership faces stormy waters

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Somalia and Türkiye have forged a new defence and economic partnership. The agreement is one part of an intricate web of maritime pacts involving...

SA disaster management system overhaul coming

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Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (PCCGTA) this week heard South Africa will overhaul its disaster management systems and legislation to...

South Sudan: some spoilers want peace to fail, putting 2024 elections at risk

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South Sudan is expected to hold its first general election in December 2024. It became an independent state in 2011. The long overdue election is...

DRC protests: why Congolese anger against the west is justified and useful to the...

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Since early February, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital, Kinshasa, has been rocked by protests directed against western embassies. Protests took place in front...

Ecowas: why withdrawal of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso signals fresh trouble for the...

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On 27 January 2024, Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger announced their plan to withdraw from membership of the Economic Community of West African States...

Niger and Russia are forming military ties: 3 ways this could upset old allies

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In July 2023, Niger’s military took over in a coup just two years after the country’s first transition to civilian power. The coup has...

South Africa’s ICJ case has already altered its foreign policy space

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South Africa’s decision to take Israel to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on charges of genocide has elicited polarised global responses. Critics accuse...

Lawfare: South Africa at the ICJ

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The South African government is proud of its activist foreign policy in speaking out on the big international issues of the day. Its case...

Ethiopia’s deal with Somaliland upends regional dynamics, risking strife across the Horn of Africa

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The Horn of Africa ushered in the new year with news of a deal that would ensure that diplomatic relations in the region got...

Ramaphosa slammed for SADC DR Congo deployment

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Going to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), even as part of a Southern African Development Community (SADC) mission, is “reckless” and a “politically...

Young Africans could disrupt authoritarian states but they don’t – here’s why

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Africa has the world’s largest youth population. By 2030, 75% of the African population will be under the age of 35. The number of...

UN political mission in Sudan closes doors

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Time is up for the United Nations (UN) political mission – UN Integrated Transitional Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS) – in Sudan with its...

Leadership development programme wraps up at Dunnottar

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Eight hundred and twenty-three National Rural Youth Service (NARYSEC) corpsmen and women are ready to boost rural areas with infrastructure development and economic growth...

SA reports progress in addressing anti-money laundering systems

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The South African government says it has made progress in addressing the 20 technical compliance difficulties in its anti-money laundering system that led to...

Why aren’t sanctions preventing coups in Africa?

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In response to the resurgence of coups since 2019, the African Union (AU) and regional economic blocs have issued sanctions against errant states, predominantly...

No gifts or hospitality for Defence Minister and Deputy

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The public representatives named by President Cyril Ramaphosa to oversee the national defence and military veterans portfolio do not accept gifts and or hospitality...

Fight against illegal mining yielding results – Ramaphosa

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In his weekly newsletter to the nation, President Cyril Ramaphosa says the fight against illegal mining is seeing results. Last week, the Ministers in government’s...

South Africa says it is addressing deficiencies that led to grey listing

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The South African government is working hard to address deficiencies in the fight against organised crime and illegal financial flows, said Minister of Finance...

Africa’s three waves of coups

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Generalising about the 100 coups in post-independence Africa is difficult, but common primary drivers can be discerned. The toppling of King Farouk in 1952 by...

Cabinet welcomes White House response to Lady R matter

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South Africa’s Cabinet has welcomed the acknowledgement of the US National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, of the seriousness with which President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed...

Monetary cost to SA of Lady R would be “speculative” – Ramaphosa

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The Lady R investigation and its report – with the exception of an executive summary – will remain secret as will, it appears, the...

Africa can end its rash of military coups

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Military coups were common in Africa during the Cold War, and now seem to be returning. Between January 2020 and August 2023, there were...

Lady R “panel” appointments by the book – SA Presidency

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, via the Presidency spokesman, poured cold water onto a court attempt by the Democratic Alliance (DA) to challenge his...

Lady R inquiry report to be challenged in court

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Another challenge – this time legal – is on the way for the Ramaphosa administration in the wake of the release of a summary...

Another call for release of full Lady R report

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Non-profit organisation (NPO) Open Secrets has added its voice to the chorus of those calling for the full Lady R judicial commission of inquiry...

Parliament to have a security chief after an eight year absence

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It’s taken over eight years to find a suitable person to take on the responsibility of security for the South African Parliament. A 7 September...

Questions still abound around Lady R

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An executive summary of the Lady R “independent investigation” raises more questions than answers, two opposition parliamentarians maintain. Freedom Front Plus (FF+) leader Pieter Groenewald...

Russia in Africa: Prigozhin’s death exposes Putin’s real motives on the continent

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The apparent assassination of Yevgeny Prigozhin in the crash of his private jet between Moscow and St. Petersburg represents an inflection point in Russian-African...

Kenya and SA to boost military co-operation

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Defence relations between Kenya and South Africa are to be strengthened, with at least five areas identified during a visit this week by a...

Niger: another symptom of Africa’s weak crisis-response capacity

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Last month’s coup in Niger once again revealed Africa’s crisis of multilateralism. Political and security developments in Niger and other African countries confirm the...

South Africa contributes to silencing the guns – Ramaphosa

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South African president Cyril Ramaphosa used the upcoming BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit in Johannesburg to outline foreign policy, including...

Civilian support for military coups is rising in parts of Africa: why the reasons...

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On the night of 13 January 1963, Togo’s President Sylvanus Olympio was shot dead by rebels in the first military coup staged in Africa....

Relative stability in the SADC region – Tshishekedi

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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) this week marked its own day with chair Felix Tshisekedi pointing to “relatively stable peace and security” in...

Military coups in Africa: here’s what determines a return to civilian rule

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Slightly more than two years after Niger’s first peaceful handover of power from one civilian president to another, the military seized power in July...

ISS: From Russia, with little to show for it

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Russian President Vladimir Putin was hoping for a record turnout of African leaders at the second Russia-Africa summit in St Petersburg last week to...

What caused the coup in Niger? An expert outlines three driving factors

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At an emergency meeting in Abuja, Nigeria, on 30 July, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) demanded the “immediate release and reinstatement”...