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Niger raid leaves 25 dead

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Unidentified gunmen killed at least 25 people in southwest Niger, officials said, the latest deadly raid along the country’s border with Mali. Attackers on motorcycles...

The Past Week in Defence #55 (24 May – 30 May...

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In this week’s edition, the Southern African Development Community decides on another summit as it holds off on a military response to Mozambique’s insurgency...

Soldiers confiscate illicit cigarettes and wildlife on border patrol duty

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers protecting South Africa’s borders as part of Operation Corona confiscated more illicit cigarettes and, unusually, wildlife over...

ISS: Ethiopia-Sudan border tensions must be de-escalated

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With both countries facing grave internal challenges, resolving the century-old border dispute won’t be easy. A potential border war brewing between Sudan and Ethiopia threatens...

The Past Week in Defence #48 (5 April – 11 April...

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In this week’s edition, on the continent, Ghana parades Cobra armoured vehicles, The Nigerian Navy records a substantial number of recent acquisitions, A Southern...

At least 100 killed in border clashes between Ethiopia’s Somali and...

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Border clashes between Ethiopia’s Afar and Somali regions have killed at least 100 people, a regional official said on Tuesday, the latest outbreak of...

Sudan says Ethiopian forces crossed border, raising tensions

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Ethiopian forces crossed into Sudanese territory in an act of “aggression”, Sudan’s foreign ministry said on Sunday, marking the latest flare-up in a long-standing...

ISS: Dialogue could have averted COVID-19 border chaos

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High-level talks and use of SADC guidelines on the pandemic should have been used to prevent a crisis. The festive season was marked by dramatic scenes of...

Sudan declares full control of border territory settled by Ethiopians

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Sudan said on Thursday its forces had taken control of all of Sudanese territory in a border area settled by Ethiopian farmers, after weeks...

Three caught with gold bars at OR Tambo International

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Three suspects are expected to appear before the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court after they were caught smuggling 73.5 kg of gold at OR Tambo...

ISS: Are Africa’s borders sacrosanct? Ghana’s Western Togoland crisis

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Recent attacks raise questions about how secessionist tendencies have been managed in post-independence Africa. On 25 September 2020, gunmen raided police stations in Mepe and...

Defence committee to visit SA’s borders

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Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD) has committed to visiting South Africa’s borders to see first-hand areas of concern, after the head of...

Link between border and rural security highlighted by Free State abduction

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Border security is by its nature ranked alongside rural security, sharing dangers including abduction and attackers escaping to a neighbouring country. Freedom Front Plus (FF+)...

Zambia reopens border with Tanzania to cargo after COVID-19 closure

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Zambia reopened its Nakonde border with Tanzania on Friday for cargo after a five-day closure of the transit point for copper and cobalt exports...

Tanzania/Zambia border re-opening on the cards

Zambia, which closed its border with Tanzania to stem the spread of coronavirus, could reach an agreement with its neighbour over passage of cargo...

Lesotho deploys more soldiers to boost border control

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Lesotho has beefed up border security with the deployment of more soldiers to control illegal crossing into the country. There were already some 1 000...

Uganda lodges protest over death of two citizens

Uganda protested to Rwanda over the killing of two of its nationals by Rwandan security personnel and demanded they be punished in a further...

Thankful SANDF receives hampers for the festive season

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) Spouses Forum recently hosted a breakfast for the Goodwill Parcel Project (GWPP) 2019.   The SANDF Spouses Forum held...

Four dead in Tunisian border security op

A Tunisian policeman and three Islamist militants were killed in a security operation in a remote area near the Algerian border, police said. Tunisia...

Successful police operation sees livestock recovered

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A recent police-led and driven operation showed another important facet of South Africa’s national border protection effort – livestock recovery and confiscation. The operation to...

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