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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...

Beware scammers using BMA identification

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Not six months after it was launched, the latest addition to South Africa’s security architecture – the Border Management Authority (BMA) – finds itself...

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...

Wagner Group is now Africa Corps – what this means for Russia’s operations on...

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In August 2023, Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigozhin died after his private jet crashed about an hour after taking off in Moscow. He had...

Another big cigarette bust for Bambatha Rifles

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South African National Defence force (SANDF) Reserve Force unit, Bambatha Rifles, is making a name for itself as a smuggler stopper on its current...

Italian admiral heads Op Atalanta force

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The new man at the helm of the European Union (EU) naval force off East Africa is an Italian rear admiral with, as is...

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...

Flow of illegal immigrants to South Africa continues, soldiers intercept over three thousand

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January 2024 was much the same as the previous month for soldiers deployed on the border protection tasking Operation Corona with the notable addition...

South Africa’s proposed new spying law is open for comment – an expert points...

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In early 2021, the South African Constitutional Court found that the country’s State Security Agency, through its signals intelligence agency, the National Communication Centre,...

Bambatha Rifles net cigarettes worth millions in three border busts

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The South Africa/Zimbabwe border appears to be the main entry point of illicit cigarettes into South Africa, as evidenced by several massive busts by...

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...

Integrated East Africa needed to meet regional threats

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The senior civilian in the Kenyan defence sector called for “a peaceful, secure and integrated” East Africa to meet threats facing the region. Speaking at...

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...

BMA deported 27 000 people in December/January

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The newest component of South Africa’s security architecture – the Border Management Authority (BMA) – has it “about 15 924 individuals attempting to enter...

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...

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...

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...

South Africa’s new intelligence bill is meant to stem abuses – what’s good and...

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When South Africa became a constitutional democracy in 1994, it replaced its apartheid-era intelligence apparatus with a new one aimed at serving the country’s...

CAR and Uganda enter military co-operation agreement

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Uganda this week entered a military co-operation agreement with a country it shares no border with - the Central African Republic (CAR). Ugandan Minister of...

Public Service Minister visits Lebombo port of entry

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Public Service and Administration Minister Noxolo Kiviet is on record as complimenting the Border Management Authority (BMA) for its work with “limited resources”. She and...

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...

Indian Navy rescues crew from hijacked ship off Somalia

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The Indian Navy has rescued all 21 crew members from the MV Lila Norfolk in the North Arabian Sea after it was boarded by...

Is SAPS Crime Intelligence turning the corner?

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Media headlines and social media have in recent months and days been trumpeting major Police, Crime Intelligence (CI) and Asset Forfeiture Unit successes across...

Drugs seized at OR Tambo airport

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Customs officers of the South African Revenue Service (SARS) have seized 23 kg of narcotics disguised as moulded artwork with an estimated street value...
Interpol investigators at a HAECHI site with an arrested suspect. Picture: Interpol

Six-month Interpol operation yields $300 million

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South Africa was one of 34 countries involved in a six-month long Interpol financial crime operation that saw over three thousand arrests and confiscation...

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...

Business as usual in December for Op Corona soldiers

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December 2023 was no different from other months for soldiers deployed on the standing SA National Defence Force (SANDF) border protection tasking – Operation...

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...

UN arms embargo on Somalia lifted

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As the ATMIS (African Union Transition Mission on Somalia) continues its troop drawdown, the lifting of a 31-year-long United Nations (UN) arms embargo on...

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...

Spy Bill “missing the bus” on preventing political abuse – ISS

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Despite recently narrowing its scope and abandoning vetting of non-governmental organisations, South Africa’s controversial “Spy Bill” still does not address the core challenge of...

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...

Court denies Beitbridge fence contractors’ profit

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That then Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille’s well-intentioned plan to provide an extra buffer against COVID-19 in the vicinity of 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...