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ISS ready to assist new Police Minister

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The Pretoria-headquartered Institute for Security Studies (ISS) has many recommendations for South Africa’s new police minister Senzo Mchunu in order to improve the performance...

A safer South Africa is within reach, says ISS

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The SA Police Service’s 2024/25 Annual Performance Plan, tabled three weeks ago, revealed that the force cannot keep up with the country’s growing population. Reduce...

Spy Bill “missing the bus” on preventing political abuse – ISS

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Despite recently narrowing its scope and abandoning vetting of non-governmental organisations, South Africa’s controversial “Spy Bill” still does not address the core challenge of...

Policing rethink needed on murder – ISS

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Murders have increased consistently in South Africa over the past decade, reaching a high of 45 deaths per 100 000 people in 2023, according...

Top security analyst wants a “realistic” defence review, not ad hoc...

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South Africa urgently needs a realistic defence review that steps away from the pretence of conventional operations and external defence and focuses on peacekeeping,...

International Space Station swerves to dodge space junk

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The International Space Station (ISS) had to swerve away from a fragment of a US launch vehicle on Friday, the head of Russia's space...

ISS: South Africa’s Victims of Crime Survey adds useful insights

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More data means better ability to address the country’s public safety challenges. Police crime statistics provide only limited insight into the nature of crime and...

ISS: DRC’s shady political alliance unravels

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Tshisekedi is struggling to escape the shackles of a deal gone bad with the DRC’s former president. On 26 November President Félix Tshisekedi concluded a...

ISS: Effective global peacebuilding needs a united African voice

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The Common African Position can improve AU–UN partnerships but the real test is delivering tangible results. Peacebuilding is essential to help conflict-affected states build inclusive...

ISS: Kidnapping in South Africa: rely on data not social media

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Statistics on the motives for kidnapping and who is most at risk are both surprising and concerning. Few crimes strike fear into South Africans as...

ISS: #EndSARS protests in Nigeria also counter-terrorism concern

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The #EndSARS (End Special Anti-Robbery Squad) protests in Nigeria are a call for massive reforms not only in the police institution but also the...

ISS: Dealing with crises in Africa – south vs west

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Civil society groups, opposition leaders and commentators ask why the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is quiet on crises such as those in Zimbabwe,...

ISS: Tech innovations key to South African maritime security

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South Africa is building and using sophisticated technology to combat maritime crimes and make its notoriously treacherous oceans safer for seafarers. A new Institute...

ISS: South African private sector can help stop gender-based violence

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Violence against women and children in South Africa needs urgent attention and the private sector has a key role to play. Underlying high levels...

ISS: Inclusive national dialogue is a priority for Ethiopia

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The 29 June murder of popular Ethiopian singer Hachalu Hundessa from the Oromo ethnic group has reignited ethnic violence in the country. Over 200...

ISS: Ramaphosa reacts to internal pressure on Zimbabwe

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President Cyril Ramaphosa’s special envoys arrived in Zimbabwe on 10 August and returned to South Africa the next day, leaving the situation as it...

AU and SADC must act on Mozambique – ISS

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With the security situation in northern Mozambique “deteriorating alarmingly” it’s high time the African Union (AU) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) provided...

Terrorists entitled to a fair trial – ISS researcher

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Boko Haram violence devastated north-east Nigeria and neighbouring countries in the Lake Chad Basin with thousands of suspects arrested by Nigeria’s military from 2009...

ISS: Domestic violence during COVID-19: are we asking the right questions?

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The number of domestic violence cases reported to the South African police between March and April dropped by 69.4%. This figure makes it tempting...

ISS: SA passes Kenya the baton in the Security Council relay

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In January 2021, Kenya will replace South Africa as one of the three elected African members (A3) on the United Nations Security Council, joining...

ISS: Mass terror trials test Nigeria’s criminal justice system

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Nigeria must fix the mistakes of its first three rounds of terrorism cases before starting its fourth. Nigeria is expected to conduct a fourth phase...

ISS: Has Haftar’s ‘Ponzi scheme’ imploded?

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Turkey’s dramatic military intervention into Libya’s civil-cum-proxy war on the side of the Tripoli government has changed the narrative from ‘Haftar tightening the noose...

ISS: West Africa must confront its foreign terrorist fighters

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Better information, border control and cooperation is needed to deal with foreign combatants in the region. One year ago, 13 Senegalese nationals were convicted for...

AU excellence award for ISS

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The ISS (Institute for Security Studies) is the recipient of the African Union's (AU) 2018 special award of excellence for its partnership...

Action needed to reduce political violence in South Africa

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Interventions to reduce the risk and lethality of political violence must be part of South Africa's preparations for 2019 national government elections. Speakers...

Collaborating for a peaceful and secure Africa

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The long-standing strategic partnership between the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) was renewed this week with...

Preventing and countering violent extremism

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Scores of projects aimed at preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE) in West and Central Africa are doing important work in tough...

Fifty-six murders a day in South Africa

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The SA Police Service (SAPS) this week reported the killing of women increased 11% in the year to end March 2018, with...

SA Navy funding and capacity need careful consideration – ISS

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South Africa's sole foray into countering piracy – Operation Copper – is part of the National Development Plan (NDP) which recommended the...

Modest results to date for blue economy component of Operation Phakisa

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Respected South African think-tank, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), maintains South Africa's ambitious blue economy initiative has "so far achieved only...

A new corps of dedicated African counter-terrorism experts

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The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) is assisting African police to understand and combat terrorism on the continent and to investigate and...

Murder and robbery still “stubbornly high” in South Africa

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Releasing the latest South African crime statistics Police Minister Fikile Mbalula said there has been a decade long decrease in serious community...

Horns, guns and drugs: the real cost of wildlife crime

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The number of poaching incidents has tripled in Southern Africa over the past seven years endangering lives, threatening communities and undermining local...

Parliament can help recruit better police leaders, ISS and Corruption Watch...

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Corruption Watch and the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) this week asked Parliament to support stricter criteria for recruitment of the SA...

Mitigating the impact of transnational organised crime in Africa

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Organised crime threatens governance, peace and security – especially in developing nations. It affects every section of society from shopkeepers to presidents,...

Arms embargoes are vital to Africa’s peace and security

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In 2013, African Union (AU) leaders committed to a future where the continent is free from the scourge of conflict; pledging to...

Concerns over ACIRC effectiveness

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Following President Jacob Zuma's recent visit to Addis Ababa where, among others, the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises (ACIRC) was...

Concerns over ACIRC effectiveness

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Following President Jacob Zuma's recent visit to Addis Ababa where, among others, the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises (ACIRC) was...

Concerns over ACIRC effectiveness

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Following President Jacob Zuma's recent visit to Addis Ababa where, among others, the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises (ACIRC) was...

ISS: Where does the ICC go from here?

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It's been a long, hard couple of weeks for the International Criminal Court (ICC). The trouble began with the announcement that Burundi...

ISS: ICC withdrawal a new low in Zuma’s rule

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On Thursday, with no public announcement or consultation, South Africa informed the United Nations (UN) that it was withdrawing from the International...

Exposing the ghosts of South Africa’s “toxic past”

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The Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) this week opened the exhibition Poisoned Pasts. This year marks four...

SA satellite heads to International Space Station

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A nanosatellite developed by Stellenbosch University (SU) and CubeSpace, an Innovus incubation company in the Nedbank SU LaunchLab business incubator, is to...

ISS welcomes quarterly crime stats

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The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) has welcomed the announcement by Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe that police crime statistics will...

Total deaths in African conflicts drop but flare-ups still feared

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Total fatalities dropped in Africa's conflicts last year mainly due to significantly fewer war deaths in South Sudan and the Central African...

“Worrying trend” of cancelling or deferring African maritime conferences

Institute for Security Studies (ISS) conflict management and peacebuilding researcher Timothy Walker maintains the recent and sudden cancellation of the Maritime and...

ISS: Why Project Coast still matters

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A disciplinary hearing of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) recently found Dr Wouter Basson guilty of unethical conduct for...

ISS: The business of peacebuilding – what role for the private...

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The private sector has a role to play in post-conflict reconstruction and development, but any engagements must be approached with caution. This...

South Africa will protect its Lesotho Highlands Water Project interests if...

South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is currently spending his second day in troubled Lesotho attempting to restore peace, stability and democracy...

ISS: Think again – Did France’s intervention work in Mali?

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In 2014, Mali has fallen off most news agendas, replaced by more urgent and potentially more devastating conflicts in South Sudan and...