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Another government security cluster building shut over unsafe conditions

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Days after the South African Air Force’s Headquarters in Pretoria was closed to employees due to malfunctioning ventilation systems, the national head office of...

Police officer arrested after fatally shooting SAAF member in Hoedspruit

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A South African Police Service (SAPS) sergeant has been arrested by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) in connection with killing a South African...

Ransom kidnappings challenge North Cameroon

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In just three years (2015–18), kidnappers in North Cameroon collected ransom money of around €3 million (CFAF 2 billion), according to Garoua police. This...

Nigeria’s military mistakes cost the country its civilians

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Last week’s accidental bombing of Tudun Biri in Kaduna State by the Nigerian Army’s drone unit is the country’s most devastating military mishap in...

Red Cross conference adopts document for further action

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Eleven Southern African countries were part of last month’s International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) international humanitarian law (IHL) regional conference in Pretoria,...

JSCD concerned about sustainability of Regular Force Medical Continuation Fund

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Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Defence has called on current South African National Defence Force (SANDF) members to reconsider their resistance to the increase...

Red Cross international humanitarian law conference underway in Pretoria

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Conflict is a constant in the world and with it goes, more often than not, violations of international humanitarian law (IHL), the topic of...

Violence on the up in Darfur

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Escalating violence in Sudan’s Darfur has sparked fears of a repeat of atrocities committed two decades ago in the region the United Nations (UN)...

Kidnappings in the Sahel – a favoured weapon of war

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Over 180 kidnappings were recorded in the war-torn countries of Mali and Burkina Faso in the first half of 2023 – an average of...

Exclusive: Viktor Bout still has his eye on Africa

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After spending more than a decade in prison following his conviction in the United States, Viktor Bout is once again a free man in...

Eight police officers implicated in N1 assault case suspended

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All eight police officers that were involved in the N1 assault case have been suspended in terms of the South African Police Service (SAPS)...

Eight SAPS VIP protection members served with suspension notices

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National Police Commissioner, General Fanie Masemola, has confirmed that eight members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) implicated in the video which shows...

Soldiers were victims of Presidential protection police attack

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Three men reportedly thuggishly assaulted by police assigned presidential protection duties are, according to South Africa’s largest military trade union, all currently on the...

SA Presidency acknowledges receipt of call for farm murder commission

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The latest spate of farm killings has seen renewed calls for action including a commission of inquiry and an appeal to the national agricultural...

Chad on the brink: how the war in Sudan hurts its fragile neighbour

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Since the 15 April outbreak of hostilities in Sudan, the civilian population has been bearing the brunt. The Rapid Support Forces, led by General Mohamed...
Remembering the Rwanda genocide. Picture: United Nations

Rwanda genocide suspect arrest earns UN praise for SA law enforcement

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A South African law enforcement task team was on the receiving end of thanks from the United Nations (UN) following the arrest of Fulgence...

SAMHS assists in Tshwane cholera outbreak

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As local and national authorities attempt to establish where and how cholera broke out, killing more than 20 people north of Pretoria, the SA...

Slight decrease in SA rape cases

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According to the quarterly crime statistics released by Police Minister General Bheki Cele on Tuesday, rape cases have shown a decrease from 1 January...

Rwandan fugitive wanted for genocide nabbed in SA

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A Rwandan fugitive, wanted in connection with the 1994 Rwandan genocide, has been arrested in Paarl in the Western Cape by a South African...

G4S served with notice to terminate Mangaung correctional facility contract

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Department of Correctional Services (DCS) Minister Ronald Lamola has told Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services that the department has served international...

South African Army sappers restore water services in the Eastern Cape

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South African Army Engineers in the Eastern Cape have helped a local municipality fix burst pipes that had left many without water for days. The...

Turkish President honours SAPS K9 team for saving lives after earthquake

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Turkish President Recept Tayyip Erdogan has honoured the South African Police Service (SAPS) K9 search and rescue team, following the devastating earthquake that engulfed...

SANDF working to evacuate 77 South Africans in Sudan

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As the situation in Sudan continues to be volatile, Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) spokesperson, Clayson Monyela, says the latest number of...

Thabo Bester’s escape from a privately-run South African prison raises questions about corruption

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Recently, South Africans were told about an extraordinary escape story – they learnt that a convicted rapist, Thabo Bester, had been at large for...

Man found guilty of TERS fund fraud after stealing SANDF member’s identity

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The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has welcomed the imprisonment of a man who stole the identity of a South African National Defence Force (SANDF)...

Who is Joseph Kony? The altar boy who became Africa’s most wanted man

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Eleven years ago, a documentary catapulted the name Joseph Kony onto the global stage. The controversial film Kony 2012 told the story of a...

ISS: Cross-border cooperation could curb kidnappings in Mozambique

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Kidnapping for ransom has been rife in Mozambique for almost two decades. Asian businessmen or their descendants and relatives are the most common targets....

SA hosts Search and Rescue conference

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The South African Search and Rescue Organisation in association with Department of Transport will host a high-level, three-day Search and Rescue (SAR) Conference in...

Police to be more effective – Gungubele

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Included in plans to make police more effective in their primary roles of fighting and preventing crime are “specialised teams” focusing on specific crimes...

SAPS lauds search, rescue team for Turkiye recovery efforts

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National Police Commissioner, General Fannie Masemola, has hailed the organisation’s K-9 Search and Rescue (SAR) team deployed to earthquake ravaged Turkiye for search and...

SA lags in preventing human trafficking – US State Department

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South Africa, according to a United States (US) Department of State report, does not fully meet minimum standards to eliminate human trafficking but makes...

Boko Haram kidnappings signal expansion, desperation

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The masked men from Boko Haram entered the village of Shiroro in Nigeria’s Niger State from the nearby Hudawa forest. They fired their weapons...

Hensoldt helping injured ranger become a drone pilot

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Hensoldt South Africa, together with JacarandaFM, is helping a game ranger to become a drone pilot after critical injuries on the job left him...

Nigeria has too many prison inmates awaiting trial – technology could achieve swifter justice

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Nigeria’s prison population is more than 76 000, housed in 240 correctional centres. About 70% of these inmates are still awaiting trial. They have...

UN concerned about human rights violations by private military, security companies

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A growing reliance on private contractors to protect vessels, commercial shipping, offshore platforms, ports, and other maritime infrastructure has exposed human rights violations perpetrated...

Charges withdrawn in Krugersdorp ‘zama zama’ rape case

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The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says insufficient evidence led to the decision to drop charges against 13 men and a minor linked to the...

ISS: Kidnapping for ransom on the rise in North Cameroon

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Since 2013, communities in Cameroon’s Far North Region have suffered attacks from the violent extremist group Boko Haram. The divisions of Mayo-Tsanaga, Mayo-Sava and...

Conflict remains the dominant driver of Africa’s spiralling food crisis

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More than 80 percent of the record 137 million Africans facing acute food insecurity are in conflict-affected countries, underscoring that conflict continues to be...

DRC torture widespread in security forces and armed groups – UN

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By far the majority of torture cases in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) occur in conflict affected areas where impunity is widespread, according to...

Eight farm murders in six weeks

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The Freedom Front Plus (FF+) recorded eight farm murders in the six week period following a court ruling that the “kill the boer” song...

MONUSCO leads in freeing children from rebel groups

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In what is seen as a stride forward in an ongoing effort to free children from rebel groupings in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC),...

SAPS records 6.7% decrease in sexual crimes

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Sexual offences crimes decreased by 6.7% between April and June, the latest crime statistics reveal. This was on Friday announced by Police Minister Bheki Cele,...

Minister honours ranger dedicated to conservation

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Ahead of World Ranger Day on 31 July, Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Barbara Creecy paid tribute to Timbavati’s Head Ranger, Anton...

US Army helps improve South African schools, clinics

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Students in at the Zwelemfundo Public School in East London, South Africa, are learning in new and improved classroom facilities now thanks to a...

SA Army raises R100 000 for KZN flood victims

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The South African Army has donated R100 000 to victims of flooding in KwaZulu-Natal. On 20 July, SA Army Chief, Lieutenant General Lawrence Khulekani Mbatha,...

‘Ethiopia’s other conflict’: what’s driving the violence in Oromia?

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In November 2020 an outbreak of violence in Ethiopia’s Tigray region captured worldwide attention. The conflict was between Tigrayan forces and the forces of...

ISS: Calling it a crisis won’t prevent violence against women

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Researchers and journalists in South Africa tend to portray sexual violence as an ever-worsening crisis, focusing on either the latest police statistics or the...

African countries and areas make it to UN children and conflict bad list

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Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Somalia are the two African countries singled out by a United Nations (UN) report on children and armed...

SAMIM pays tribute to a fallen SANDF soldier

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SADC Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) Forces have paid tribute to a fallen South African peacekeeper, Staff Sergeant Johan Andries van Rooyen, who passed away...

Offenders revamp Bushbuckridge school sports field

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Justice and Correctional Services Minister, Ronald Lamola, is expected to hand over a sports field revamped by offender labour to Mchaka High School in...