Civil Security

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,...

Calls for police to deal with crime not falling on deaf ears, says Minister

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Calls by South Africans for police to decisively deal with crime are not falling on deaf ears, said Police Minister Bheki Cele. The police will...

Seven thousand five hundred plus murders in last quarter of 2022 – Cele

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South African police minister Bheki Cele admitted the release last week of 2022 fourth quarter crime statistics was “not positive” but maintained the numbers...

SAPS training another 10 000 recruits this year

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Police Minister Bheki Cele has noted that in addition to the 10 000 new recruits trained last year, another 10 000 are undergoing training...

Al-Shabaab attacks in Somalia affect communities as far as 900km away – aid agencies...

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Policymakers tend to assume that the effects of conflict are felt only where violence occurs. As a result, humanitarian aid, protection efforts or asylum...

ISS: Soaring murder rates underline the lack of sound direction for policing

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Recent official crime statistics show that murder rates in South Africa are soaring, reinforcing concerns about the government’s leadership in addressing the problem. For the...

Burkina Faso’s volunteer defense groups pose danger in volatile area

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Three years after Burkina Faso recruited civilian volunteers to join the fight against terrorists in its northern regions, those groups are being blamed for...

Gauteng bolsters fight against crime with 6 000 young recruits

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The Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) has welcomed some 6 000 crime prevention wardens in an effort to augment crime fighting efforts made by SAPS...

Robberies surge as criminals take advantage of South Africa’s power outages

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The acute energy crisis in South Africa has adversely affected all aspects of the society. Regular and lengthy power outages – which started in...

Policeman among six arrest for hijacking

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A 43-year-old police sergeant was amongst six suspects who were arrested on Monday for possession of a suspected stolen vehicle and two hijacked truck...

US kills key Islamic State operative in Somalia

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In a major counterterrorism operation carried out on orders from President Joseph Biden, the US military conducted a precision strike on a mountainous cave...

Police Minister to visit Gqeberha mass shooting site

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Police Minister, General Bheki Cele and the National Police Commissioner, General Fannie Masemola, will today lead a delegation of various experts within the organisation...

ISS: ANC call for more police won’t solve South Africa’s crime crisis

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The ‘fight against crime and corruption’ is one of the African National Congress’ (ANC) six priorities for 2023, according to the ruling party’s 8...

Zimbabwe turns to Chinese technology to expand surveillance of citizens

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In early 2021, Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa officially opened the country’s National Data Center, proclaiming the Chinese-built data hub key to the country’s economic...

‘Unprecedented’ insecurity in West Africa and the Sahel, UN Security Council hears

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Although West Africa and the Sahel continues to face unprecedented security challenges, it is still “a land of immense opportunities”, a senior UN official...

Female constable becomes first woman to complete Special Task Force Selection Training Programme

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A 31-year-old police constable has become the first woman to complete the South African Police Service (SAPS) Special Task Force (STF) Selection Training Programme...

Ramaphosa on hand to welcome new police constables

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President Cyril Ramaphosa today (Tuesday, 13 December) was at the SA Police Service (SAPS) College in Pretoria to welcome over nine thousand new constables...

Jihadists and bandits are cooperating – why this is bad news for Nigeria

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The Nigerian state has come under severe security stress in recent times. It has faced multiple national security threats: jihadist groups in the north-east;...

Scrap metal export ban a boost for Transnet

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Transnet says government’s ban on the export of scrap and waste metal will go a long way in the fight against metal theft.   Government recently...

Violent extremism could beckon in north-western Nigeria if local dynamics are ignored

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In January 2022, in a bid to stem a tide of violent attacks and kidnappings in north-western Nigeria, the government labelled the armed groups...

PRASA welcomes ban on trade of scrap metal

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The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has welcomed government’s decision to ban the trade of scrap metal, as it will significantly improve...

Hawks announces new senior appointments, multiple arrests

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National Hawks head, Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya, has announced a raft of appointments in an effort to bolster the directorate’s capabilities. Among the new recruits...

Al-Shabaab: sensational media reports about Kenyan terror attacks keep kids out of school

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Sensational reporting on terror attacks in Kenya is keeping children out of school, with dire consequences for their education and their futures. That is the...

Crime statistics worrying

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Reaction to the release of third quarter crime statistics by Police Minister Bheki Cele this week range from “bloodbath” through to “worrying” and “upward...

ISS: Police could do far more to make South Africa safer

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Rising levels of murder and robbery, gender-based violence, embedded organised crime and police corruption characterise South Africa’s crime crisis. Can the country’s system of...

Kidnapping kingpin’s alleged accomplice nabbed with hijacked vehicle

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South African police have arrested a 43-year-old suspect believed to be linked to detained suspected kidnapping kingpin, Faizal Charloos, following an integrated intelligence-driven operation,...

Kruger Park boosts security

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Radar, infrared cameras and number plate recognition systems are forming key parts of the Kruger National Park's enhanced security drive ahead of the festive...

KZN Premier calls for swift arrest after spate of mass shootings

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KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, has called on police to leave no stone unturned in finding the gunmen involved in the spate of mass shootings,...

Police stations seen as firearm “source”

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Robbing police stations has, Freedom Front Plus (FF+) leader Pieter Groenewald maintains, become “a large source of illegal firearms”. He was responding to Police Minister...

ISS: South Africa must rethink its community safety system

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Community Police Forums (CPFs) were foundational to South Africa’s 1990s transition to democracy. When first established, they provided a bridge between the police and...

Gauteng SAPS operations net over 1 000

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South African Police Service (SAPS) operations have seen the arrest of over 1 750 suspects across Gauteng over the weekend. Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo said...

South Africa notes US terror alert

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The Presidency has moved to assure South Africans that law enforcement agencies are monitoring any threats to the public. This after the Embassy of the...