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ISS: Cattle rustling – from cultural practice to deadly organised crime

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Cattle rustling or raiding is no longer a cultural practice, but a form of organised crime committed by international criminal networks. It is facilitated...

ISS: Organised crime moves in on South Africa’s livestock industry

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Stock theft is on the rise in South Africa according the latest police statistics. The 29 672 cases recorded in the 2018-19 financial year...

ISS: Cross-border arms trafficking inflames northern Kenya’s conflict

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Arms trafficking and cattle rustling are driving local conflict in Kenya’s northern border county of Marsabit. Scores have been killed in the politically motivated...

ISS: Cattle robbery threatens Madagascar’s peace and security

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Cattle theft in Madagascar is becoming an increasingly violent crime, with bandits terrorising villages by stealing, killing victims and taking cattle owners...

ISS: Africa’s violent trade in cattle, guns and bullets

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Cattle rustling is by no means a new problem in Africa. Pastoral communities in East Africa and the Horn have dealt with...

Clashes in Kenya reveal the need to control illegal weapons

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Cattle rustling is not new to northwest Kenya. For generations, it has been a way of life in this rugged part of...

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Presidential pep talk on Armed Forces Day

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President Cyril Ramaphosa had his Commander-in-Chief cap on when he addressed the country’s airmen, military medics, sailors and soldiers in Polokwane last Friday. Sadly, he...