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More dagga busts for SANDF soldiers on border patrol

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers, from 1 SA Infantry (SAI) Battalion, continue to put pressure on smugglers operating along the Mozambican and...

Criminals are registering security companies to access firearms, court hears

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Corrupt police officers are helping criminals open security companies to access firearms, the Verulam Magistrate’s Court has heard. Hawks investigator Detective Warrant Officer, Sivan Naidoo...

Border security issues highlighted in Free State and North West

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A public hearing and an oversight visit in two provinces has brought home concerns about poor border security. A public hearing in North West province’s...

Vumacam ‘nabs’ alleged fraudsters, armed robbers and vehicle thieves

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A recently announced public-private partnership between tech company, Vumacam, and the Gauteng government to combat crime in the province has led to “numerous successes.” In...

Supreme Court of Appeal rules no profits for Beitbridge “washing line” fence contractors

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Attempts to hold onto profits from an unfit for purpose stretch of border fence, erected as part of the then national anti-COVID-19 effort in...

Thousand plus new Correctional Services officials appointed

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South Africa’s prison population, said to number over 157 000, will have an extra 1 003 “correctional officials” to ensure effective prisoner management. On 10...

BMA prevents almost 300 000 illegal entries to SA in first year of operations

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The newest addition to the South African government’s security architecture – the Border Management Authority (BMA) – marked its first anniversary on 1 April...

GILAB is ‘still too authoritarian’ says OUTA

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The National Assembly’s adoption of the General Intelligence Laws Amendment Bill (GILAB) on 24 March underlines the need for an active civil society to...

Operation Vala Umgodi nets 18 chrome-laden trucks in Limpopo

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With the end of April – and end of the SA Army Light Modern Brigade (LMB) deployment – approaching, the SA Police Service (SAPS)-headed...

SAPS cannot keep up with growing population, one police officer for every 427 citizens

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The SA Police Service’s 2024/25 Annual Performance Plan, tabled two weeks ago, revealed that the force cannot keep up with the country’s growing population....

Private Security Industry proves strong force multiplier in Eyes and Ears initiative, says Masemola

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More than 1 600 alerts generated in the Eyes and Ears Initiative (E2) and Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system led to 133 vehicles...

Increase in piracy off Somalia a concern

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“Worrying” is the word used by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) to describe the increase to date this year of piracy in the Indian...

BACSA’s Neal Froneman maps all-out war against organised crime

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Neal Froneman, chair of Business Against Crime South Africa (BACSA) and CEO of mining group Sibanye-Stillwater, stressed the need for an overdue strategic response. Organised...

SANDF and SAPS reach out to less privileged schoolchildren during anti-illegal mining operation

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Members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and South African Police Service (SAPS) found time during joint operations to combat illegal mining...

BMA tackling corruption via SIU forum

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A stated aim of Michael Masiapato, Border Management Authority (BMA) Chief Executive and Commissioner, is “a zero tolerance approach on corrupt tendencies among officials”...

R8 million plus setback for illegal miners

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A two-month haul worth in excess of R8 million in mining and allied equipment, diamonds, ore, explosives and weapons is the tally for the...

Gains in Somalia, Mozambique put ISCAP financing in the crosshairs

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For seven years, the Islamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP) has relied on a network of Islamic State group affiliates to fund much of...

Kidnappings in Chad could spark a regional security crisis

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Kidnappers have terrorised Chad’s southern Mayo-Kebbi West and Logone Oriental provinces for over two decades. Between 2020 and 2023, the number of victims and...

Border protection tasking sees soldiers confiscate contraband, return livestock and nab illegals

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Border patrols by South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers are yielding significant results, with recent reports highlighting the persistence of the illegal cigarette...

Sudanese Armed Forces might collapse at hands of RSF

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In early March, the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) retook sections of Omdurman from the Rapid Support Forces (RSF). The reconquest marked one of the...

Home country conflict big contributor to migrant deaths – IOM

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One in three migrant deaths can be attributed to people fleeing conflict, an International Organisation for Migration (IOM) report has it, adding two of...

SAPS has “strategies” and “key interventions” to fight crime and corruption

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Thanks to a Parliamentary question and the Deputy President answering questions in the National Assembly (NA), South Africans know the SA Police Service (SAPS)...

Gauteng CPWs finish Dunnottar training

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Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi can now call on crime prevention wardens (CPWs) with a modicum of military training in their skill arsenals for his...

Displacement in Cabo Delgado soars as terrorists strike back

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After months of relative calm, a surge of new attacks by the Islamic State-Mozambique (ISM) terror group is driving waves of people from their...

South Africans fighting for Israel in Gaza: what does the law say?

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South Africa’s foreign minister, Naledi Pandor, said the country’s citizens fighting for the Israel Defence Forces in Gaza faced prosecution upon their return. This...

400 more border guards to be deployed ahead of Easter period

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The Border Management Authority (BMA) will deploy 400 additional junior border guards at the busiest ports of entry in anticipation of an increase in...

Plea for faster erection of Jersey barriers by KZN Premier

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Border protection along a roughly 20 km section of the KwaZulu-Natal province’s international border with Mozambique was identified as a hijacked vehicle exit hotspot...

Quissanga and Quirimba Island retaken by Mozambique armed forces

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After being in the hands of Islamist insurgents for a number of weeks, Government forces in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province have retaken the town...

Cabo Delgado insurgency rebounds, foiling drawdown plans

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Renewed violence unleashed by the Islamic State-Mozambique group (ISM) between 8 February and 3 March forced nearly 100 000 people to flee their homes,...

SAPS National Intervention Unit in worse state than head office – Solidarity

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Another SA Police Service (SAPS) facility – its National Intervention Unit (NIU) in Tshwane’s Bon Accord – is “dilapidated” with an adjacent informal settlement...

Illegal mining ops halted in Free State, North West

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Police supported by soldiers from the SA Army Light Modern Brigade (LMB) have conducted “disruptive operations” against illegal miners in the Free State and...

Armscor to acquire speedboats for Border Management Authority

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The newly established Border Management Authority (BMA) has tasked state defence materiel agency Armscor with acquiring speedboats so its Coastal Guards can patrol South...

Deaths linked to militant Islamist violence in Africa continue to spiral

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Fatalities linked to militant Islamist violence jumped by 20 percent in the past year, claiming more than 23,000 lives—a new record. Over 80 percent...

SAPS Special Task Force strengthened

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The sharp end of the SA Police Service (SAPS) was honed even further this week when 13 Special Task Force (STF) members were presented...

Russia’s Africa Corps – more than old wine in a new bottle

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The Russian military company Wagner appears to have been renamed the Africa Corps by Moscow, and brought under the control of Russia’s Defence Ministry....

Northern Cameroon is losing the battle against arms trafficking

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Northern Cameroon has for decades been a hub for ammunition, small arms and light weapons trafficking in the Sahel. The problem has fuelled regional...

Construction underway of concrete border wall between SA and Mozambique

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The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government has resumed construction of a concrete barrier wall along the South Africa/Mozambique border to curb the theft of motor vehicles...

Zama zama equipment worth millions confiscated by SANDF soldiers

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SA Army personnel currently serving with the Light Modern Brigade (LMB) as part of a national initiative to curb illegal mining activity are proving...

Soldiers find, confiscate precious metals during border protection ops

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Confiscation of what the Joint Operations Division of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) terms “precious materials” worth R3 300 by soldiers on the...

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...

Police seize homemade river crossing equipment

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Police have prevented suspected smugglers from using makeshift equipment to cross the Limpopo River. A statement issued by the SA Police Service (SAPS) Provincial Commissioner’s...

KZN overtakes Kruger as rhino poaching destination of choice

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What is now KwaZulu-Natal, previously Natal where the southern white rhino was brought back from the brink of extinction some 70 years ago, recorded...

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...

SANDF recovers vehicle after smugglers get it stuck in Limpopo River

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South Africa National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers on border patrol have recovered a staff bus from the Limpopo River, after it got stuck there...

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...

From global jihad to local insurgencies: the changing nature of Sub-Saharan jihadism

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For more than a decade the Islamist insurgency in Sub-Saharan Africa has seemed unstoppable. 2022 saw another uptick in jihadist violence across the continent. Fatalities...

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...

OUTA calls for a redraft of the intelligence laws amendment bill

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The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) is deeply concerned about the implications of the General Intelligence Laws Amendment Bill (GILAB), believing it risks compromising...