Civil Security

Clashes kill at least 65 in Somalia in 3 days

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Clashes between rival Islamist groups have killed at least 65 people and wounded more than 190 others in three days of battles...

“Corrupt” Home Affairs gets UN award

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As the United Nations gave the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) an award for the use of ICT in service delivery, the...

Cyber criminals target 2010

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As the 2010 Fifa World Cup approaches, there is no silver bullet that will guarantee 100% IT security. What is almost certain,...

All security guards must be registered: Court

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The Constitutional Court has confirmed a ruling by the High Court in Pretoria that all security officers, including in-house ones, were required by law...

Somalia Islamists say at least 12 killed in clashes

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At least 12 people were killed and scores wounded in clashes between Somalia's militant rebels and pro-government Islamist militias in the latest fighting in...

Congo passes amnesty law for eastern rebels

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Lawmakers in the Democratic Republic of Congo passed a law creating an amnesty for nearly two dozen illegal armed groups as part of a...

Police pilot wounded in shootout with gang

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A police pilot was wounded yesterday morning when his helicopter drew the fire of armed robbers south of Johannesburg. Police spokeswoman Director Sally de Beer...

Sudan, Darfur rebel group resume peace talks

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Sudan's government and Darfur rebel group the Justice and Equality Movement resumed peace talks yesterday in Qatar following an agreement signed in...

Ethiopia opposition says anti-govt plot invented

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An Ethiopian opposition leader says an anti-government plot had been invented as an excuse to arrest potential candidates ahead of national elections next year. "Without...

African governments urged to fund disaster fight

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African governments are investing too little in disaster preparedness, putting their citizens at risk from natural catastrophes, the top UN official on...

“Dinokeng group” urges civic involvement

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An attempt by the state to overstretch itself and play too ambitious a role will not help SA out of the global recession, according...

Court frees Zimbabwe activists on bail

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Eighteen opposition activists whose detention on terrorism and insurgency charges caused tension in Zimbabwe's unity government were released on bail today. Magistrate Catherine Chimanda granted...

Prisons department “insources” control centres

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The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) has decided to "insource" the staffing of its national (pictured) and regional control rooms as well as similar...

79% of emergency calls are abandoned: DA

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) says nearly eight out of every ten calls made to the police are abandoned before they are answered.The...

Guinea’s armed heart relaxes, but change demanded

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New, unmarked green pickup trucks, laden with soldiers sporting wraparound sunglasses and assault rifles, tear through the streets of Conakry, Guinea's sweltering...

Political will and bureaucratic won’t

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A chapter on service delivery in this year's edition of the Human Sciences research Council's State of the Nation: South Africa 2008...

Somali gunmen free two European aid workers

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Somali gunmen yesterday freed two European aid workers without receiving a ransom, after holding them hostage for nine days in one of...

Madagascar soldiers storm court, arrest four

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Madagascar's security forces have stormed the Constitutional Court, firing shots in the air and arresting its head of security who was accused of inciting...

Special “event visa” launched

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The special "event visa" which will help process soccer fans faster at the country's airports, was yesterday, Bua News reports."The world's first...

Egypt’s Brotherhood will not risk confronting state

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Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, increasingly excluded from mainstream politics, says it will not risk open confrontation with the state by taking to the...

UN envoy hears of revenge attacks by Hutu militia on locals

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A recent deadly attack by Hutu rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has left five children dead and hundreds...

Burundi’s last rebel group goes legal

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Burundi's last remaining rebel group has officially registered as a political party ahead of next year's national elections in the coffee-producing central...

Supporters of Madagascar ex-leader defy protest ban

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Several thousand supporters of Madagascar's former president, Marc Ravalomanana, defied a ban on demonstrations imposed by the government on Tuesday and rallied...

Threats to quasi-state economy jeopardises Ivory Coast

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The fragile political stability in Côte d'Ivoire is at significant risk of collapsing into armed conflict if the economic interests of various...

Analysis: Attempts to curb Libya-EU migration risk failure

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Pressure on Libya to stem a wave of illegal migration from its shores may come to little as the north African country...

Nigerian militants free one of two British hostages

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Nigeria's most prominent militant group yesterday released one of two British hostages that were kidnapped in the restive Niger Delta seven months...

Egypt boosts security on border with Israel

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Egypt is beefing up security on its border with Israel to prevent illegal crossings after detaining a group Cairo said were linked...

Nigerian militants warn of more clashes with army

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The main militant group in Nigeria's oil-producing Niger Delta warns of more clashes with the military and says it has moved two...

South Africa sets up special police units for polls

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South Africa will deploy special police units during national polls next week to prevent a repeat of clashes between rival political parties...

Khartoum condemns Darfur rebels

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A Sudanese court has today sentenced ten members of the Darfur rebel Justice and Equality Movement to death for an unprecedented 2008...

Somali insurgents fire mortars towards US rep

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Somali insurgents fired mortars toward US congressman Donald Payne as he left Somalia yesterday after a rare visit by a US politician...

Security Council demands end to violence in Central African Republic

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The United Nations Security Council today demanded an end to violence by armed groups terrorizing the northern Central African Republic (CAR) and...

Uganda anti-terror unit using torture: rights group

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A Ugandan anti-terrorism unit has detained 106 people illegally over the last two years, torturing many in custody for links to a...

Niger’s government, Tuareg rebels pledge peace

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Niger's government and main Tuareg rebel groups have agreed at Libyan-sponsored talks to make peace in the country's uranium-mining north, Libyan state...

Analysis: Algeria’s security tied to political freedom

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika hopes to use his likely third term to end the violence still troubling his oil producing state, but...

Sporadic protests in Egypt as “day of anger” fizzles

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Egyptian demonstrators held sporadic anti-government protests on Monday, but opposition calls for a nationwide strike failed to draw large crowds.Opposition activists had...

Somali opposition leader quits Eritrea for Sudan

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Somalia's hardline Islamist opposition leader Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys has quit self-imposed exile in Eritrea for neighbouring Sudan and may return to...

Niger seeks mediation with Tuareg rebels

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Niger has sent its security chief to Libya to try to mediate an end to a rebellion in the country's uranium-rich north,...

Reform and mercenaries in Madagascar

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Madagascar plans to hold a presidential election in October 2010 to restore democracy after Andry Rajoelina took power last month in a...

Policing in a state of crisis: DA

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The Democratic Alliance, vying for a greater slice of the electorate in this month's national and provincial general election, says the South...

Nigerian leader offers Delta gunmen amnesty

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Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua said on Thursday he was ready to grant amnesty to gunmen in the Niger Delta if they agreed to lay...

Task Force bests robbers

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The police's Special Task Force (STF) has killed two would-be robbers and wounded a third when it intercepted them on the way...

Nigeria police rescue kidnapped Lebanese, kill six

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Nigerian police freed a Lebanese worker kidnapped from a building site on the edge of a lagoon in the commercial hub of...

R121 million for private security – for police

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Police spent R121 132 051.56 on private security for police stations and facilities last year under contracts awarded in 2005.Police minister Nathi...

Zambian military to help thousands hit by record floods

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Zambia has put the military on high alert to help aid agencies tackle the worst floods in four decades, which have displaced...

Guinea charges former mines ministers with graft

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Guinea's ruling military junta has detained three former mines ministers on charges of embezzling money from state mining funds, a senior police...

UN envoy says Madagascar risks further conflict

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The crisis in Madagascar could grow worse and the country's new leader should hold elections to set up a legitimate government, the...

Police stats: damned if we do, damned if we don’t

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The Department of Safety and Security says it is caught between the devil and the deep blue sea on crime statistics.Spokesperson Panyaza...

Anxious Malagasy await crisis denouement

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Fearful parents led children to school past soldiers armed with rocket-propelled grenades and automatic rifles this morning as Madagascar waited to see...

DA complains about German newspaper coverage

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In a highly unusual move, the Democratic Alliance, currently South Africa's largest Parliamentary opposition party, says it has laid a complaint with...