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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,...

ISS: Reducing murder must be a top SA government priority

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There were, on average, 520 murders a week in South Africa during the 2022 calendar year. According to available data, this is one of...

ISS: To reduce kidnappings, South Africa’s police must tackle armed robbery

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Kidnapping in South Africa is four times higher than 10 years ago. In the last three months of 2022, the latest period for which...

Hawks boss to ensure country complies with FATF after greylisting

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National Hawks head, Lieutenant General Advocate Godfrey Lebeya, says the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) will begin to focus its attention on ensuring...

Fight against crime will be advanced through working with communities –...

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President Cyril Ramaphosa says the fight against crime will not be advanced through the devolution of policing powers, but by mobilising all available resources...

Cabinet pleased with clearing of DNA testing backlog

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Cabinet says it is pleased the South African Police Service (SAPS) has nearly cleared the DNA testing backlog at its forensic service laboratories. Addressing a...

ISS: Organised crime is infecting African and global supply chains

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Transnational organised crime is usually associated with violent mafia-style groups that traffic drugs, people, arms and wildlife. Less dramatic but equally damaging is the...

South Africa’s fight against corruption, crime receives financial boost

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Minister of Finance Enoch Godongwana says at least R14 billion is to be allocated to the fight against crime and corruption. The Minister was delivering...

Calls for police to deal with crime not falling on deaf...

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Calls by South Africans for police to decisively deal with crime are not falling on deaf ears, said Police Minister Bheki Cele. The police will...

SAPS training another 10 000 recruits this year

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Police Minister Bheki Cele has noted that in addition to the 10 000 new recruits trained last year, another 10 000 are undergoing training...

ISS: Soaring murder rates underline the lack of sound direction for...

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Recent official crime statistics show that murder rates in South Africa are soaring, reinforcing concerns about the government’s leadership in addressing the problem. For the...

Robberies surge as criminals take advantage of South Africa’s power outages

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The acute energy crisis in South Africa has adversely affected all aspects of the society. Regular and lengthy power outages – which started in...

Police Minister to visit Gqeberha mass shooting site

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Police Minister, General Bheki Cele and the National Police Commissioner, General Fannie Masemola, will today lead a delegation of various experts within the organisation...

ISS: Government’s priority must be safety and rule of law

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From overcoming South Africa’s energy crisis to creating jobs and delivering services, government priorities depend on a safe socio-economic environment. But the country is...

Hawks announces new senior appointments, multiple arrests

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National Hawks head, Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya, has announced a raft of appointments in an effort to bolster the directorate’s capabilities. Among the new recruits...

ISS: Police could do far more to make South Africa safer

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Rising levels of murder and robbery, gender-based violence, embedded organised crime and police corruption characterise South Africa’s crime crisis. Can the country’s system of...

Kidnapping kingpin’s alleged accomplice nabbed with hijacked vehicle

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South African police have arrested a 43-year-old suspect believed to be linked to detained suspected kidnapping kingpin, Faizal Charloos, following an integrated intelligence-driven operation,...

KZN Premier calls for swift arrest after spate of mass shootings

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KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, has called on police to leave no stone unturned in finding the gunmen involved in the spate of mass shootings,...

Poverty and inequality are a national security risk to South Africa

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High levels of unemployment and poverty are a high national security risk to South Africa as they are drivers of crime and instability, and...

Gauteng SAPS operations net over 1 000

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South African Police Service (SAPS) operations have seen the arrest of over 1 750 suspects across Gauteng over the weekend. Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo said...

Charges withdrawn in Krugersdorp ‘zama zama’ rape case

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The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says insufficient evidence led to the decision to drop charges against 13 men and a minor linked to the...

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