Civil Security

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...

Specialised police units are “indispensable” – Cele

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Police Minister Bheki Cele maintains specialised intervention units give the SA Police Service (SAPS) “unique” and “indispensable” crime combatting capabilities. Units he named in response...

SAPS Commissioner hosts his Namibian counterpart to share expertise, insights

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The National Police Commissioner, General Fannie Masemola, last week hosted the Commissioner of the Angola National Police, General Arnaldo Manuel Carlos, on a seven-day...

Missing and stolen SAPS firearms show shortcomings – DA and FF+

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Police Minister Bheki Cele and his SA Police Service (SAPS) National Commissioner, General Fannie Masemola, stand accused of losing “yet another war on crime”...

Questions raised about SANDF, Correctional Services and police weapons security

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Freedom Front Plus (FF+) leader Pieter Groenewald maintains South African government entities ranging from the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) through to the police...

Extremist group increases attacks in western Uganda

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Uganda claimed a significant victory over the Islamic State group (IS) in November when it captured a senior commander known as “Njovu” during a...

Equipment worth R120 million plus seized from illegal miners in Limpopo

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The SA National Defence Force (SANDF), in the form of SA Army Light Modern Brigade (LMB) elements, is one of at least six contributors...

SAPS continues crackdown on illegal mining operations

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More than 90 people suspected of illegal mining have been arrested in various parts of Gauteng. In a statement on Friday, the South African Police...

National effort to curb illegal mining continues apace

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Illegal mining is presently seemingly rated a priority crime, with the SA Police Service (SAPS) supported by an SA Army brigade recording numerous arrests...

NERSA welcomes imprisonment of criminals damaging Transnet infrastructure

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The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) has welcomed the arrest and successful prosecution of criminals tampering with the Transnet pipeline to steal...

Anti-corruption forum welcomes SAPS progress against construction mafia

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The Infrastructure Built Anti-Corruption Forum (IBACF) has welcomed the progress made by the South African Police Service (SAPS) and other law enforcement agencies on...

Joining foreign armed forces could lead to prosecution, SA government warns

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South Africans have been urged to avoid joining foreign armed forces, which may contribute to the violation of domestic and international law. “The South African...

Use of 3 SAI as police training facility another example of SANDF/SAPS co-operation

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SA National Defence Force (SANDF) support to the SA Police Service (SAPS) is not confined to operations only, but extends to logistics, in the...

Crime Prevention Wardens granted peace officer status

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Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Ronald Lamola has designated Gauteng Crime Prevention Wardens (CPW) as peace officers. The CPWs were launched earlier this year by...

10 000 new SA police officers to boost festive season safety plan

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Police Minister Bheki Cele has assured South Africa that it will be all hands on deck by law enforcement officials this festive season, to...

SANDF soldiers making a mark in anti-zama zama ops

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Soldiers are – again – working alongside police to curb crime with the emphasis this time on illegal mining. President Cyril Ramaphosa, Commander-in-Chief of the...

July unrest ‘instigator’ Mdumiseni Zuma slapped with 12-year jail sentence

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The Pietermaritzburg Regional Court on Wednesday sentenced Mdumiseni Khetha Zuma to an effective 12 years imprisonment for instigating the 2021 July unrest in KwaZulu-Natal. According...

Cele repeats “fight fire with fire” call

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Police Minister Bheki Cele repeated his call for police to fight fire with fire “especially when their lives are threatened”. Delivering the eulogy at the...

Policing rethink needed on murder – ISS

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Murders have increased consistently in South Africa over the past decade, reaching a high of 45 deaths per 100 000 people in 2023, according...

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...