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Soldiers will support police to maintain law and order in election run-up

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The SA National Defence Force (SANDF), as with previous Operation Prosper deployments, will again support the SA Police Service (SAPS) in the lead-up to...

Islamic State group uses ‘da’wah’ to gain support in Mozambique

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Extremists linked to the Islamic State group (IS) in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province are notorious for raiding and torching entire towns, beheading civilians and...

Over 1.2 million calls to Gauteng 10111 line dropped in a year

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Over 1.2 million calls to Gauteng’s police emergency call centre were “dropped” from 1 March 2023 and 1 March this year. In a recent parliamentary...

Four hundred more border guards enter service

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As of today (Thursday, 16 May) Border Management Authority (BMA) Commissioner and Chief Executive Michael Masiapato has another 400 trained personnel to deploy in...

Majority of missing SAPS firearms not recovered

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Men and women in National Police Commissioner General Fannie Masemola’s SA Police Service (SAPS) reported 742 firearms stolen in the 2022/23 financial year with...

SAPS issues armoured vehicle tender for Special Task Force

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) has issued a tender for the conversion of a Nissan Patrol 5.6 V8 LE Premium, or similar type...

How can South Africa’s minister of police improve policing?

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At its launch on 8 May 2023, the police’s Operation Shanela (Zulu for ‘sweep’) was billed as an unapologetic and decisive initiative to ‘fight crime and...

Highly skilled police officers leaving SAPS at an alarming rate, warns Popcru

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Highly skilled and specialised members of the Special Task Force and National Intervention Unit divisions are exiting the SA Police Service at an alarming...

Maritime Security Symposium focuses on collaboration against common foes

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The joint African Maritime Forces Summit and Naval Infantry Leaders Symposium-Africa brought together naval and coast guard leaders from 30 African countries and nearly...

Defections alone won’t break ISWAP terror group

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The death of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau in 2021 triggered unprecedented exits from one of the group’s two factions, Jama’atu Ahlis-Sunna Lidda’Awati Wal-Jihad...

Anti-illegal mining ops net over four thousand suspects

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The four-month period from December to March saw police assisted by, among others, soldiers from the SA Army Light Modern Brigade (LMB), arrest 4...

KZN police boss addresses 3000 commissioned officers on ‘performance’ and ‘shortfalls’

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KwaZulu-Natal provincial police commissioner Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi met with 3000 commissioned officers on Tuesday to gauge performances and “account on all the shortfalls...

Boko Haram factional violence worries Islamic State

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In October 2023, Boko Haram’s JAS faction (Jama’atu Ahlis-Sunna Lidda’Awati Wal-Jihad) launched major offensives against the group’s other faction – Islamic State West Africa...

Sudan’s civil war is rooted in its historical favouritism of Arab and Islamic identity

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The current civil war in Sudan goes beyond a simple power struggle between two generals. It reflects a deep-rooted crisis within the country’s governing...

Drugs worth over R6 million seized during April Operation Corona patrols

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SA Army soldiers posted on KwaZulu-Natal’s borders with Eswatini and Mozambique prevented over R5.5 million worth of illegal drugs from reaching South African users...

Elections 2024: More than 350 private security companies enlisted to assist police

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More than 350 private security companies across South Africa will pool their resources to assist police in hotspot areas, leading to the national general...

Security plan in place for upcoming elections – JCPS Cluster

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With just 30 days left until South Africans head to the polls, government has assured citizens that the seventh National and Provincial Elections will...

Terrorism rebounds in Nigeria

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Nigeria recorded its first increase in terrorism in three years in 2023, with total deaths rising by 34% to 524, marking Nigeria’s highest death...

Africa is the new global terrorism epicentre

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The epicentre of terrorism has shifted out of the Middle East and into the Central Sahel, which now accounts for over half of all...

Terror deaths double in Niger

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Last year terrorism surged in Niger, with double the terrorism-related fatalities compared to the previous year. This is according to the latest Global Terrorism Index...

Highly organised extortionists eye more sectors in Cape Town

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The City of Cape Town is the hardest hit by extortion, the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (GI-TOC) has found. “The Western Cape, an...

South Africa’s security forces once brutally entrenched apartheid. It’s been a rocky road to...

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One of the important tasks that faced South Africa’s democratic government after 1994 was to reform the apartheid-era security apparatus. The African National Congress (ANC),...

EU onboard with Djibouti Code of Conduct

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The European Union (EU), currently running three naval operations in African waters, has signed up for “friend” (observer) status of the Djibouti Code of...

Global terrorism deaths on the increase

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Global deaths from terrorism have risen to their highest level since 2017, with 8 352 deaths recorded in 2023, a new report has found. The...

Cocaine worth R15 million found on vessel in Richards Bay port

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Blocks of cocaine with a street value of R15 million were found on a vessel travelling from Colombia at the Richards Bay Port of...

New police recruits report for basic training

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The first 4 500 men and women of 10 000 total to make it through SA Police Service (SAPS) recruitment procedures reported for training...

SANDF helps nab more illegal miners

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers working together with their colleagues from the South African Police Service (SAPS) have apprehended over a dozen...

Nigerian bandits strategically target school children for kidnappings – here’s why

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In some parts of Nigeria, this scenario is not just the stuff of nightmares – it has become all too common in the past...

Lake Chad Basin states can sever terrorism’s lifeline – its financing

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Nigeria recently sanctioned several individuals and entities for allegedly financing terrorism. The list includes six Nigerians sentenced to 10 years to life in prison...

More dagga busts for SANDF soldiers on border patrol

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers, from 1 SA Infantry (SAI) Battalion, continue to put pressure on smugglers operating along the Mozambican and...

Criminals are registering security companies to access firearms, court hears

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Corrupt police officers are helping criminals open security companies to access firearms, the Verulam Magistrate’s Court has heard. Hawks investigator Detective Warrant Officer, Sivan Naidoo...

Border security issues highlighted in Free State and North West

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A public hearing and an oversight visit in two provinces has brought home concerns about poor border security. A public hearing in North West province’s...

Vumacam ‘nabs’ alleged fraudsters, armed robbers and vehicle thieves

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A recently announced public-private partnership between tech company, Vumacam, and the Gauteng government to combat crime in the province has led to “numerous successes.” In...

Supreme Court of Appeal rules no profits for Beitbridge “washing line” fence contractors

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Attempts to hold onto profits from an unfit for purpose stretch of border fence, erected as part of the then national anti-COVID-19 effort in...

Thousand plus new Correctional Services officials appointed

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South Africa’s prison population, said to number over 157 000, will have an extra 1 003 “correctional officials” to ensure effective prisoner management. On 10...

BMA prevents almost 300 000 illegal entries to SA in first year of operations

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The newest addition to the South African government’s security architecture – the Border Management Authority (BMA) – marked its first anniversary on 1 April...

GILAB is ‘still too authoritarian’ says OUTA

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The National Assembly’s adoption of the General Intelligence Laws Amendment Bill (GILAB) on 24 March underlines the need for an active civil society to...

Operation Vala Umgodi nets 18 chrome-laden trucks in Limpopo

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With the end of April – and end of the SA Army Light Modern Brigade (LMB) deployment – approaching, the SA Police Service (SAPS)-headed...

SAPS cannot keep up with growing population, one police officer for every 427 citizens

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The SA Police Service’s 2024/25 Annual Performance Plan, tabled two weeks ago, revealed that the force cannot keep up with the country’s growing population....

Private Security Industry proves strong force multiplier in Eyes and Ears initiative, says Masemola

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More than 1 600 alerts generated in the Eyes and Ears Initiative (E2) and Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system led to 133 vehicles...

Increase in piracy off Somalia a concern

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“Worrying” is the word used by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) to describe the increase to date this year of piracy in the Indian...

BACSA’s Neal Froneman maps all-out war against organised crime

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Neal Froneman, chair of Business Against Crime South Africa (BACSA) and CEO of mining group Sibanye-Stillwater, stressed the need for an overdue strategic response. Organised...

SANDF and SAPS reach out to less privileged schoolchildren during anti-illegal mining operation

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Members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and South African Police Service (SAPS) found time during joint operations to combat illegal mining...

BMA tackling corruption via SIU forum

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A stated aim of Michael Masiapato, Border Management Authority (BMA) Chief Executive and Commissioner, is “a zero tolerance approach on corrupt tendencies among officials”...

R8 million plus setback for illegal miners

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A two-month haul worth in excess of R8 million in mining and allied equipment, diamonds, ore, explosives and weapons is the tally for the...

Gains in Somalia, Mozambique put ISCAP financing in the crosshairs

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For seven years, the Islamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP) has relied on a network of Islamic State group affiliates to fund much of...

Kidnappings in Chad could spark a regional security crisis

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Kidnappers have terrorised Chad’s southern Mayo-Kebbi West and Logone Oriental provinces for over two decades. Between 2020 and 2023, the number of victims and...

Border protection tasking sees soldiers confiscate contraband, return livestock and nab illegals

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Border patrols by South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers are yielding significant results, with recent reports highlighting the persistence of the illegal cigarette...

Sudanese Armed Forces might collapse at hands of RSF

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In early March, the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) retook sections of Omdurman from the Rapid Support Forces (RSF). The reconquest marked one of the...