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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...

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...

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...

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),...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

SAPS has “strategies” and “key interventions” to fight crime and corruption

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Thanks to a Parliamentary question and the Deputy President answering questions in the National Assembly (NA), South Africans know the SA Police Service (SAPS)...

Gauteng CPWs finish Dunnottar training

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Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi can now call on crime prevention wardens (CPWs) with a modicum of military training in their skill arsenals for his...

Displacement in Cabo Delgado soars as terrorists strike back

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After months of relative calm, a surge of new attacks by the Islamic State-Mozambique (ISM) terror group is driving waves of people from their...

South Africans fighting for Israel in Gaza: what does the law say?

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South Africa’s foreign minister, Naledi Pandor, said the country’s citizens fighting for the Israel Defence Forces in Gaza faced prosecution upon their return. This...

Quissanga and Quirimba Island retaken by Mozambique armed forces

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After being in the hands of Islamist insurgents for a number of weeks, Government forces in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province have retaken the town...

Cabo Delgado insurgency rebounds, foiling drawdown plans

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Renewed violence unleashed by the Islamic State-Mozambique group (ISM) between 8 February and 3 March forced nearly 100 000 people to flee their homes,...

SAPS National Intervention Unit in worse state than head office – Solidarity

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Another SA Police Service (SAPS) facility – its National Intervention Unit (NIU) in Tshwane’s Bon Accord – is “dilapidated” with an adjacent informal settlement...

Illegal mining ops halted in Free State, North West

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Police supported by soldiers from the SA Army Light Modern Brigade (LMB) have conducted “disruptive operations” against illegal miners in the Free State and...

SAPS Special Task Force strengthened

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The sharp end of the SA Police Service (SAPS) was honed even further this week when 13 Special Task Force (STF) members were presented...

Northern Cameroon is losing the battle against arms trafficking

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Northern Cameroon has for decades been a hub for ammunition, small arms and light weapons trafficking in the Sahel. The problem has fuelled regional...

Zama zama equipment worth millions confiscated by SANDF soldiers

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SA Army personnel currently serving with the Light Modern Brigade (LMB) as part of a national initiative to curb illegal mining activity are proving...

KZN plans to recruit 1000 social crime prevention volunteers

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In a bid to further strengthen the fight against crime in KwaZulu-Natal, the provincial government plans to recruit 1 000 social crime prevention volunteers...

Sexual harassment and misconduct lesson for crime wardens in training

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The bases of two SA Army units in Kimberley are currently home to Gauteng crime wardens in training where, in addition to discipline, drill...

Anti-illegal mining ops net 140 plus suspects, excavators and tipper trucks

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The close to three thousand seven hundred SA National Defence Force (SANDF) personnel detached to assist police curbing illicit and illegal mining activities are...

R240 billion for security cluster allocated in 2024 defence budget

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More than R750 billion has been allocated to the security cluster over the next three years to up the ante in Government's fight against...

South Africa’s murder rate increased in the last quarter

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South Africa’s murder rate went up by 2% in the last quarter of 2023, with nearly 8 000 people murdered, but sexual offences declined...

Gauteng Government receives CCTV camera access to fight crime

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Efforts to fight crime in Gauteng have received a much-needed boost through a partnership with Vuma Cam, which will allow the province to have...

Only SA’s Parliament can authorise new armed police bodies

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Two recent South African law enforcement initiatives, one in Cape Town, and the other in Gauteng, have provoked interest and in some cases, controversy. Both...

Limpopo zama zamas targeted by police and soldiers

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Limpopo provincial capital Polokwane and surrounds yielded mining equipment, illicit cigarettes and drugs as well as arrests for offences including assault, extortion and kidnapping...

Ramaphosa lauds crime-fighting efforts during SONA but admits there’s a long way to go

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President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Cape Town on Thursday, has said tackling crime and insecurity is a...

Military involvement in reining in illegal mining successful – Modise

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The deployment of SA National Defence Force (SANDF) elements, particularly soldiers, in the national effort to curb illegal mining has resulted in what Defence...

Northern Kenya’s disarmament dilemma

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Banditry and the proliferation of illegal small arms are critical drivers of insecurity in Kenya’s North Rift Region. Survey-derived baselines project the number of...

Gauteng police recover over 400 firearms

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) in Gauteng, together with other law enforcement agencies, has recovered over 400 firearms and 6 000 live rounds...

“Myriad” factors behind July 2021 riots – SAHRC

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Three days of unrest, violence and looting in July 2021 cost South Africa 350 lives and saw the national economy bleed to the tune...

140 police officers killed over the last four years

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) has lost 140 officers in the line of duty over the last four years. “On National Police Day, the...

Looser gun laws could deepen Nigeria’s security crisis

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Despite Nigeria’s strict gun ownership laws, the country remains the region’s largest illicit small arms market, adding to the nation’s dire security crisis. Inefficient...