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Democracy builds resilience against organised crime – GITOC

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Resilience against organised crime is created by democracy and its institutions, whilst armed conflict feeds greater levels of criminality in Africa, the newly-released ENACT...

Volunteer defence and police services face personnel strength shortages

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The reserve component of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) acknowledges it needs “rejuvenation” with the volunteer part of the SA Police Service (SAPS)...

Hawks arrest 170 plus in connection with illegal mining

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The second quarter of the current financial year and ahead of soldiers being roped in, saw the Hawks (DPCI – Directorate for Priority Crime...

South Africa’s police are losing the war on crime – here’s how they need...

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South Africa’s crime statistics for the third quarter of 2023 show that people continue to face a serious problem of violent crime, especially murder...

SA’s second quarter rape statistics unchanged at over 10 000 rapes

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Between July and September 2023, 10 516 rapes were reported to the South African Police Service, almost the same as the 10 590 cases...

SA’s second quarter murder rate drops slightly but remains stubbornly high

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South Africa’s murder rate dropped by .8% between July and September this year, with 6 945 people murdered, the latest crime statistics have revealed. Police...

Unmasking South Africa’s global crime underworld

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Global organised crime is an evolving, profit-driven activity that embraces new markets and new technologies. It refers to a broad spectrum of ever-changing activities...

Modise explains what’s being done to fight crime in South Africa

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise, as “point person” for last week’s JCPS (Justice, Crime Prevention and Security) Cabinet cluster meeting, gave an...

South Africa getting 30 000 more police officers to bolster fight against crime

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Deputy President Paul Mashatile announced on Thursday that the government is working around the clock to capacitate the police force which will see the...

Ghana’s sophisticated artisanal firearms trade needs regulating

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All it takes to manufacture a craft firearm in Ghana is US$9. Gunsmiths produce about 200 000 of these illegal weapons a year, selling...

SAPS destroy drugs worth R800 million in Gauteng operation

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) have destroyed drugs worth R800 million during policing operations in Johannesburg, on Thursday.   National Commissioner of the South African...

ISS: Digital evidence – a step forward for South Africa

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In one of the first cases of its kind, South Africa’s 2020 Cybercrimes Act has been put to the test to secure a conviction...

SAPS claim successes in dealing with criminal syndicates

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Police Minister Bheki Cele says the police are pushing back against crime in the country, and flushing out ruthless and greedy organised criminal syndicates. “The...

Farm attacks and murders under the Parliamentary microscope

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Continuing attacks – and murders – of farmers and their workers was under the spotlight in the National Assembly (NA) this week with a...

Farm attacks and murders brought to Mashatile’s attention

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A Freedom Front Plus (FF+) public representative took South Africa’s Deputy President to task for “a remarkable lack of intervention” in farm attacks and...

300 plus cases of political violence over five years investigated in KZN

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Since July 2018, there have been hundreds of cases of politically linked violence in KwaZulu-Natal, with the South African Police Service (SAPS) investigating 321...

Africa cyber threats exposed

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That digital insecurity and cyber threats in Africa are real was forcibly brought to light by a joint Interpol/Afripol operation across 25 of the...

Op Jackal takes on organised West African financial crime

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An Interpol crackdown on West African organised crime saw bank accounts frozen, suspects arrested, and financial investigations triggered worldwide. Operation Jackal mobilised police forces, financial...

No government clarity on soldiers deployed to curb illegal mining

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Calls by among others Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi, for soldiers to assist in combating violence ascribed to illegal miners, better known as zama zamas,...

ISS: South Africa would benefit from a crime harm index

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Recently released police crime statistics show a 3% decline in murder for the second quarter of 2023 compared to last year. The number of...

SAPS maintains its operations are driving down crime

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The South African Police Service’s (SAPS’s) intensive campaign, Operation Shanela, continues to make a positive contribution to the decline of crime in the country,...

Crime still unacceptably high, but SA records a decrease in murder rate

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Police Minister Bheki Cele says while there are still unacceptably high crime levels, violent crime levels are starting to show a decrease. “We have analysed...

Bandits in Nigeria: how protection payments to militias escalate conflict in the north-west

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North-western Nigeria has become increasingly violent. This is due to the activities of militias, known locally as “bandits”. These are loosely organised armed groups,...

ISS: Why Nigeria’s bandits are recruiting women for gunrunning

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Women are increasingly involved in banditry-linked arms trafficking in Nigeria’s north-west. Between December 2022 and February 2023, police arrested several female gunrunners in Nigeria’s...

SAPS embarks on a recruitment drive

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) has embarked on its 2024/2025 recruitment process in which an additional 10 000 youth between the ages of...

Winde counting the cost of Cape Town’s taxi strike as police deal with public...

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Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has said the provincial government remains gravely concerned at the devastating impact caused by the strike called by the...

Police Minister asks for time to answer FF+ on SAPS members involved in crime

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Police Minister Bheki Cele, by way of his National Commissioner General Fannie Masemola, did not give a direct answer to a Parliamentary question asked...

Durban’s crime clean-up campaign gains momentum

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The Durban Metro Police have intensified their crime prevention clean-up campaign in a quest to get rid of drug dens and reduce crime in...

Ramaphosa, ministers slam truck torching

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Police Minister Bheki Cele maintains this week’s bout of truck torchings – with 21 reported across three provinces - are “organised, co-ordinated and sophisticated...

ISS: Elite unit brutality reflects widespread police impunity in SA

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The assault on three occupants of a vehicle by Presidential Protection Unit (PPU) security officers assigned to Deputy President Paul Mashatile has sparked widespread...

‘Torching of trucks an act of economic sabotage’ – Transport Minister

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Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga on Tuesday said she was gravely concerned about the torching of trucks on South African roads, describing the incidents as...

Five more trucks torched in Mpumalanga

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) has reported that five trucks were torched on the N4 highway near Machardodorp in Mpumalanga on Sunday night.   The...

ISS: School terror attack highlights Uganda’s security gaps

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On 16 June, militants stormed Mpondwe Lhubiriha Secondary School in western Uganda, near the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) border, killing at least...

Research points to huge death toll from Cabo Delgado attacks

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In its weekly review, Zitamar News broke the disturbing story of the high death toll in Mozambique’s conflict-ridden Cabo Delgado province during the weeks...

South Africa extends scrap metal export ban

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South Africa’s estimated R8 billion per annum illicit copper economy seems set to expand even further on the back of the country’s growing shift...

Hawks nab 700 in 2022/2023 last quarter

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The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), known as the Hawks, has made at least 701 arrests with 284 accused people convicted and sentenced...

ISS: South Africa does have the means to reduce violence

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In May, police minister Beki Cele praised the South African Police Service’ (SAPS) ‘more boots on the ground’ approach to fighting crime. His speech...

SAPS aiming to improve with new technology and extra manpower

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Minister Bheki Cele’s seemingly continuously under fire SA Police Service (SAPS) is moving funds and personnel to up its efficiency. This is according to a...

Delivering on Nigerians’ demands for security

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To reverse Nigeria’s deteriorating security environment, experts urge the Tinubu administration to surge security forces in identified hotspots while prioritizing civilian harm reduction, improving...

Ramaphosa to be asked to set up a farm murder commission

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The recently released national crime statistics for the first quarter of the year make no specific mention of rural crime, including murder. This changed...

Nigeria’s security situation has got worse: what Tinubu’s administration needs to do about it

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Nigeria’s new president, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has promised to make security a top priority of his administration. In his inaugural speech he promised, among...

China’s policing models make inroads in Africa

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China’s expanded police engagements in Africa could have potentially far-reaching consequences for African security governance. Ugandan Special Forces and over 30 Chinese commandos conducted a...

R1.8 billion allocated to improve police visibility

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The South African government has allocated R1.8 billion for the procurement of police vehicles to improve police visibility in its crime fighting efforts. Addressing a...

Contract killing business booming in South Africa

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The contract killing business is booming in South Africa, but the SA Police and State fly blind without specific official recognition or categorisation of...

CPWs to boost crime busting in Gauteng

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A commitment by Gauteng premier Panyaza Lesufi when he took office in October last year to fight crime, lawlessness and vandalism in South Africa’s...

Man to appear in court for possession of hand grenades

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A 38-year-old undocumented man will appear in court this week for the alleged possession of 14 hand grenades. The man was arrested on Saturday after...

ISS: Sudan’s military rivals fight to the death over the spoils

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The explosion of violence in Sudan this week has derailed the country’s troubled post-Omar al-Bashir transition from military rule to democratic civilian government, perhaps...

ISS: Multiple murders – a mark of SA’s gun and organised crime crisis

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Early Sunday morning, 10 July 2022, gunmen entered Mdlalose tavern in Nonzamo informal settlement in Soweto, South Africa, and opened fire with automatic rifles,...

Ramokgopa condemns Tshwane infrastructure vandalism

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Minister in the Presidency responsible for Electricity, Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, has condemned the alleged vandalism of electricity pylons, which led to the collapse of...

Electricity SOD lifted

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The deployment of 442 soldiers allocated to Eskom protection duty authorised by Commander-in-Chief President Cyril Ramaphosa as part of the national electricity state of...

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