Civil Security

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...

North West court sentences 87 illegal miners

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The Stilfontein Regional Court has sentenced at least 87 illegal miners to a combined 696 years imprisonment.   The men had pleaded guilty to charges of...

ISS: South Africa’s police must prioritise trust

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The South African public has low and declining trust and confidence in its police. This impedes efforts to reduce crime, deliver quality services, and...

SAPS rural safety strategy needs community commitment to work – Joemat-Pettersson

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In the wake of a SA Police Service (SAPS) presentation to Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Police (POP), its chair maintains community mobilisation is a...

SAPS looking at Armalite carbines

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National Police Commissioner Fannie Masemola’s SA Police Service (SAPS) is investigating acquisition of new firearms, specifically American manufactured Armalite carbines. Given it’s early days, as...

ISS: Reducing murder must be a top SA government priority

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There were, on average, 520 murders a week in South Africa during the 2022 calendar year. According to available data, this is one of...

Over 550 arrests during national shutdown

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The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NATJOINTS) has said at least 550 people were arrested for various crimes ranging from public violence to...

Authorities arrest 87 protestors during national shutdown

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Law enforcement officers through the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NATJOINTS), have arrested 87 protestors across South Africa for public violence related offences. The...

Government issues stern warning on attempts to cause disruption ahead of national shutdown

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Minister in the Presidency, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, has warned that attempts to cause disruption and disturbances in the country will be met with the full...

JCPS assures South Africans of safety and security during upcoming national shutdown

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The Ministers of the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster (JCPS) have assured South Africans that they will be protected during the planned national...

Two suspects, including SANDF member, arrested for attacking police and freeing prisoners

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Members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) Limpopo Tracking Team and Murder and Robbery Unit have arrested two suspects for their alleged involvement...

ISS: To reduce kidnappings, South Africa’s police must tackle armed robbery

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Kidnapping in South Africa is four times higher than 10 years ago. In the last three months of 2022, the latest period for which...

Fight against crime will be advanced through working with communities – Ramaphosa

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President Cyril Ramaphosa says the fight against crime will not be advanced through the devolution of policing powers, but by mobilising all available resources...

Cabinet pleased with clearing of DNA testing backlog

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Cabinet says it is pleased the South African Police Service (SAPS) has nearly cleared the DNA testing backlog at its forensic service laboratories. Addressing a...

Strikes, riots and protests expected to rise globally

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Businesses are increasingly witnessing the impact of protest movements and civil unrest on their operations, a trend that is forecast to grow according to...

Farm murders slightly down

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Attacks on the wider South African agricultural community dropped by 82 last year according to civil rights organisation AfriForum. Centurion-headquartered AfriForum, via its community safety...

SAPS Special Task Force (STF) ranked in global top ten SWAT teams

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The South African Police Service’s Special Task Force has scored ninth place in the annual five-day UAE SWAT Challenge, which featured 55 teams from...

Paradigm shift needed to fight crime – Joemat-Pettersson

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Police Minister Bheki Cele’s crime statistics showing, among others, a murder rate in excess of 7 500 for the third quarter of last year,...