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Name and shame consumers who hire unregistered security companies

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Consumers, who use unregistered security companies, must be named and shamed. This is a call from Security Association of South Africa (SASA) national administrator, Tony...

SVI reveals new rapid-response hot hatch

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The scourge of cash-in-transit and other violent criminal attacks have prompted SVI Engineering to develop an armoured rapid-response vehicle for South Africa. This innovative solution,...

More armoured vehicles on SA roads

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The rise in kidnap-for-ransom cases has led to an increase in the number of armoured vehicles on South African roads. At any given time,...

Cash-in-transit heists akin to terrorism, says Fidelity CEO

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The cash-in-transit (CIT) industry is fighting a silent war akin to terrorism, Fidelity Services Group chief executive officer Wahl Bartmann said on Thursday. Bartmann told...

ANC and DA coalition: An effective force against crime? Compatibility test...

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The African National Congress (ANC) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) share a common goal of improving policing, but have different approaches. The ANC prioritises community...

Operation Vala Umgodi continues to record successes against illegal miners

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The South African Police Service (SAPS), supported by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and the Department of Home Affairs, continue to record...

Public warned against sharing videos inciting violence as protests bring Mthatha...

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Eastern Cape Transport and Community Safety MEC Xolile Nqatha has warned the public that the State will deal decisively with any fear mongers responsible...

One political hit every two weeks since start of 2024, new...

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In the first four months of 2024 alone, 10 politically motivated assassinations were recorded in SA. In its latest report, titled The Politics of Murder,...

Over 1.2 million calls to Gauteng 10111 line dropped in a...

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Over 1.2 million calls to Gauteng’s police emergency call centre were “dropped” from 1 March 2023 and 1 March this year. In a recent parliamentary...

Majority of missing SAPS firearms not recovered

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Men and women in National Police Commissioner General Fannie Masemola’s SA Police Service (SAPS) reported 742 firearms stolen in the 2022/23 financial year with...

How can South Africa’s minister of police improve policing?

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At its launch on 8 May 2023, the police’s Operation Shanela (Zulu for ‘sweep’) was billed as an unapologetic and decisive initiative to ‘fight crime and...

Highly skilled police officers leaving SAPS at an alarming rate, warns...

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Highly skilled and specialised members of the Special Task Force and National Intervention Unit divisions are exiting the SA Police Service at an alarming...

KZN police boss addresses 3000 commissioned officers on ‘performance’ and ‘shortfalls’

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KwaZulu-Natal provincial police commissioner Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi met with 3000 commissioned officers on Tuesday to gauge performances and “account on all the shortfalls...

Highly organised extortionists eye more sectors in Cape Town

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The City of Cape Town is the hardest hit by extortion, the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (GI-TOC) has found. “The Western Cape, an...

New police recruits report for basic training

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The first 4 500 men and women of 10 000 total to make it through SA Police Service (SAPS) recruitment procedures reported for training...

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...

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...

SAPS cannot keep up with growing population, one police officer for...

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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....

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...

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)...

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...

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...

Ramaphosa lauds crime-fighting efforts during SONA but admits there’s a long...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

10 000 new SA police officers to boost festive season safety...

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Police Minister Bheki Cele has assured South Africa that it will be all hands on deck by law enforcement officials this festive season, to...

Democracy builds resilience against organised crime – GITOC

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Resilience against organised crime is created by democracy and its institutions, whilst armed conflict feeds greater levels of criminality in Africa, the newly-released ENACT...

South Africa’s police are losing the war on crime – here’s...

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South Africa’s crime statistics for the third quarter of 2023 show that people continue to face a serious problem of violent crime, especially murder...

SA’s second quarter rape statistics unchanged at over 10 000 rapes

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Between July and September 2023, 10 516 rapes were reported to the South African Police Service, almost the same as the 10 590 cases...

SA’s second quarter murder rate drops slightly but remains stubbornly high

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South Africa’s murder rate dropped by .8% between July and September this year, with 6 945 people murdered, the latest crime statistics have revealed. Police...

Unmasking South Africa’s global crime underworld

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Global organised crime is an evolving, profit-driven activity that embraces new markets and new technologies. It refers to a broad spectrum of ever-changing activities...

Southern Africa’s security hinges on actioning its organised crime strategy

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Organised crime in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) seems to be worsening. Porous borders, weak governance and development deficits make the region vulnerable...

Africa’s ocean of organised crime

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The ocean is central to global illicit trade. Criminal networks plunder marine resources, scour shipping lanes for vessels to hijack, and traverse coastal state...

Crime index shows deterioration in South Africa, which is now third...

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South Africa’s criminality score has worsened in the last two years, according to the 2023 Global Organised Crime Index (GOCI), which shows that South...

SAPS claim successes in dealing with criminal syndicates

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Police Minister Bheki Cele says the police are pushing back against crime in the country, and flushing out ruthless and greedy organised criminal syndicates. “The...

ISS: South Africa would benefit from a crime harm index

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Recently released police crime statistics show a 3% decline in murder for the second quarter of 2023 compared to last year. The number of...

SAPS maintains its operations are driving down crime

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The South African Police Service’s (SAPS’s) intensive campaign, Operation Shanela, continues to make a positive contribution to the decline of crime in the country,...

Crime still unacceptably high, but SA records a decrease in murder...

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Police Minister Bheki Cele says while there are still unacceptably high crime levels, violent crime levels are starting to show a decrease. “We have analysed...

Durban’s crime clean-up campaign gains momentum

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The Durban Metro Police have intensified their crime prevention clean-up campaign in a quest to get rid of drug dens and reduce crime in...

Hawks nab 700 in 2022/2023 last quarter

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The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), known as the Hawks, has made at least 701 arrests with 284 accused people convicted and sentenced...

ISS: South Africa does have the means to reduce violence

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In May, police minister Beki Cele praised the South African Police Service’ (SAPS) ‘more boots on the ground’ approach to fighting crime. His speech...

R1.8 billion allocated to improve police visibility

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The South African government has allocated R1.8 billion for the procurement of police vehicles to improve police visibility in its crime fighting efforts. Addressing a...

Slight decrease in SA rape cases

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According to the quarterly crime statistics released by Police Minister General Bheki Cele on Tuesday, rape cases have shown a decrease from 1 January...

Contract killing business booming in South Africa

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The contract killing business is booming in South Africa, but the SA Police and State fly blind without specific official recognition or categorisation of...

Man to appear in court for possession of hand grenades

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A 38-year-old undocumented man will appear in court this week for the alleged possession of 14 hand grenades. The man was arrested on Saturday after...

ISS: Multiple murders – a mark of SA’s gun and organised...

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Early Sunday morning, 10 July 2022, gunmen entered Mdlalose tavern in Nonzamo informal settlement in Soweto, South Africa, and opened fire with automatic rifles,...