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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...

Cele repeats “fight fire with fire” call

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Police Minister Bheki Cele repeated his call for police to fight fire with fire “especially when their lives are threatened”. Delivering the eulogy at the...

Police Minister asks for time to answer FF+ on SAPS members...

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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...

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...

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...

Lesotho and SA hold summit to clamp down on cross-border crime

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South African police minister Bheki Cele is widely seen as one of the most public members of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Cabinet being present at...

Seven thousand five hundred plus murders in last quarter of 2022...

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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...

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...

UAVs to help fight and prevent crime on the way

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The SA Police Service (SAPS) is turning to the sky for assistance with crime prevention in the form of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The soon...

SA committed to SADC law and order maintenance, says Cele

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Police Minister Bheki Cele has reiterated South Africa’s commitment to maintain law within its borders and actively play a part in combating any form...

Protect community within the law, Cele urges Pimville residents

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While communities’ rights to protect themselves from criminality is enshrined in the Constitution, this must be done within a legal framework. This was on Thursday...

SA’s safety and security machinery will be restored – Security Cluster

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise along with Police Minister Bheki Cele said at the weekend Cabinet’s security cluster was “committed to restoring...

Aggravated robberies increase

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Police Minister Bheki Cele says aggravated robberies, such as carjacking, have increased by 13.8%. Cele says there were 661 more carjacking cases in the period...

Significant drop in most crime categories – Cele

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Police Minister Bheki Cele says there has been significant reductions in a number of crimes committed and reported to the police during the last...

President tending to tension in security cluster

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President Cyril Ramaphosa says he is seized with acting on the visibly clear tensions between Police Minister Bheki Cele and Police Commissioner, General Kehla...

Police minister adamant no security threat in SA

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Police Minister Bheki Cele, who’s SA Police Service (SAPS) was severely criticised for lack of action during the July unrest, maintains there is no...

Cele wants all South Africans to be police eyes and ears

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Outspoken Police Minister Bheki Cele told mourners at the funeral of a Mpumalanga police station commander killed on duty communities must “not co-govern with...

Police visibility to increase in Gqeberha after public violence

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Police visibility will be significantly increased in Gqeberha in the wake of public violence and the destruction of property that saw several businesses and...

Cele, Mathale visit Gqeberha in wake of violent clashes

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Police Minister, General Bheki Cele, and his Deputy Cassel Mathale are today expected to visit Gqeberha following violence and wanton destruction of property, which...

Cele clarifies jump in quarterly crime statistics

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Police Minister Bheki Cele says steep increases in the quarterly crime statistics, are a result of a normalisation of statistics as opposed to the...

Sexual offences show increase

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Sexual offences have increased by 74.1% in the months between April and the end of June this year after lockdown regulations were further relaxed. This...

Internal SAPS probe into deadly cash in transit heist

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) has opened an urgent internal investigation into allegations of theft of firearms by police members at the Norwood...

Hawks investigating Durban ammunition theft

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While not in its area of responsibility, Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD) deemed the theft of more than a million rounds of...

Cele to assess law enforcement efforts in KZN

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Police Minister, General Bheki Cele, will today, visit businesses and shopping complexes in Durban and Pietermaritzburg, affected by wide spread looting during last week’s...

Gauteng, KZN deaths, arrest numbers revealed

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More than 750 people were arrested for wanton destruction and looting of businesses and properties over the past five days. Of these, 304 were arrested...

Cele, WC SAPS to meet over Gugulethu mass killing

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Police Minister Bheki Cele is today expected to receive a briefing from the Western Cape SAPS management following Wednesday’s shooting, which claimed eight lives...

Opposition to Firearms Control Amendment Bill increasing

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Opposition to Police Minister Bheki Cele’s proposed changes to the law governing firearm ownership continue to mount with one political party staging what it...

More voices added to anti-gun law change lobby

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Police Minister Bheki Cele’s plan to stop South Africans owning firearms for self-defence continues to be criticised with political parties and think tanks adding...

Ministerial probe into Zandspruit vigilante killings

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Police Minister Bheki Cele ordered a thorough investigation into police response to the Zandspruit vigilantism incident that claimed the lives of eight alleged gang...

24 police officers killed in first three months of 2021

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Police Minister Bheki Cele has decried the callous murder of 24 police officers in the country in the first three months of 2021. Cele highlighted...

SAPS deploys 200 officers to Cape Town crime hotspots

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Police Minister General Bheki Cele has welcomed the deployment of 200 police officers to the Western Cape as force multipliers in violence-laden hotspots across...

Police clamp down on Cape Town extortion rackets

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A Police Ministry intervention to curb extortion rackets in Cape Town has recorded significant progress in clamping down on the crime. The intervention by Police...

UAVs give police an edge in border livestock theft ops

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Landlocked Lesotho provides South African defence and law enforcement agencies tasked with border protection ongoing problems of which livestock theft is one. This was confirmed...

Rural crime continues as ag body calls for police minister’s dismissal

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Crime in its widest form is an undeniable component of everyday South African life in both rural and urban areas with ongoing announcements and...

Find solutions to root causes of violent protests, urges Cele

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Police Minister Bheki Cele has urged municipalities and stakeholders to become more proactive in removing the root causes of violent protests. He said it was worrying...

Cele decries Western Cape police murders

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Police Minister Bheki Cele has expressed shock at the gunning down of two police officers in the Kraaifontein, in the Western Cape, on Saturday. The...

Turnaround plan to tackle high crime rate

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) management will urgently execute a turnaround plan in four of the country’s provinces with worryingly high crime rates. Police...

Police saluted for COVID-19 fight commitment

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Police Minister General Bheki Cele has saluted police officers who continue to put their lives on the line each day as the country battles...

Police Minister says soldiers to patrol Garden Route beaches

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That soldiers are going to be “roped in” to help police patrol Garden Route beaches is an admission of failure on the part of...

Cele calls stock theft economic sabotage

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Releasing crime statistics for the second quarter of this year Police Minister Bheki Cele acknowledged livestock theft was a serious crime likening it to...

W Cape deals with reports of gang-related extortion

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The Western Cape is working with the police and other law enforcement agencies to address the issue of extortion involving gangs. The Department of Community...

Cele calls for more arrests in Senekal protests

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Police Minister General Bheki Cele has welcomed the arrest of the first suspect involved in violent demonstrations by a group of farmers outside the...

Cele welcomes new IPID head

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Police Minister General Bheki Cele has welcomed Jennifer Ntlatseng as the new Executive Director for the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID). Ntlatseng, who is the...

COVID-19: Over 7 000 police test positive

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Over 7 000 members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) have tested positive for COVID-19, Police Minister Bheki Cele said on Wednesday. “COVID-19 has...

ISS: Lifting lockdown: a double-edged sword for public safety?

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South Africa’s first levels of lockdown substantially reduced violent crime, making it one of the few countries in the world to record fewer deaths...

Cele to request firearm amnesty period

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Police Minister Bheki Cele says to deal with the proliferation of illegal firearms - which are a major contributor to crime levels – the...

Soldiers on Cape Town metropole streets as murder rate causes concern

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Police Minister Bheki Cele on Thursday said he had presidential approval for the deployment of soldiers in the Western Cape following a spate of...

Police’s Anti-Gang Unit elevated to national office

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Police Minister Bheki Cele says the recently-established Anti-Gang Unit will be elevated to the national office to ensure that its mandate is extended to...

SA must relook at access to firearms: Cele

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South Africa would be better off if only its armed forces and not private citizens had access to firearms, Police Minister Bheki Cele said...

Government intervenes in Westbury unrest

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Police Minister Bheki Cele has tasked Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole with investigating alleged corruption and misconduct at the Sophiatown Police Station, which...

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