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SANDF not part of lockdown extension

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Soldiers and other national defence force personnel are not part of current government COVID-19 enforcement regulations, extended until 15 May by Co-operative Governance and...

20 000 arrested for contravening lockdown regulations

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S has called on South Africans to heed government’s call to adhere to the adjusted COVID-19 lockdown regulations. This comes as 20 000 people have...

Land borders close as SA remains on adjusted level three lockdown

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As South Africa battles the second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic, President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the country will remain on adjusted alert level...

Police Minister says soldiers to patrol Garden Route beaches

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That soldiers are going to be “roped in” to help police patrol Garden Route beaches is an admission of failure on the part of...

ISS: Lockdown lessons on violence and policing in South Africa

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In an effort to enhance policing and violence prevention, a team of Western Cape Government and Institute for Security Studies (ISS) researchers carried out...

Crime levels decrease during lockdown

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South Africa was a much safer place to live in during the first quarter of 2020/2021, as crime statistics show major decreases in all...

Additional funds for police

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Minister Bheki Cele’s police service received an additional R3,7 billion thanks to an adjusted budget allocation from National Treasury for the “the visible policing...

ISS: Lifting lockdown: a double-edged sword for public safety?

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South Africa’s first levels of lockdown substantially reduced violent crime, making it one of the few countries in the world to record fewer deaths...

Defence Minister to face Parliamentary grilling over Khosa death

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The death of Alexandra resident Collins Khosa looks set to continue being an unwanted burden for Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. The latest...

Murder spike noted in level three

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The lifting of the ban on the sale of alcohol since the beginning of lockdown level three in June has ushered an unwanted surge...

Court rules some South African lockdown restrictions invalid

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A South African high court declared some of the government’s coronavirus lockdown regulations unconstitutional on Tuesday but suspended the order for 14 days, leaving...

No special code of conduct needed for military in police support...

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There’s no need for any “code of conduct and operational procedures regulating conduct” of components of the security forces during the State of National...

SA security forces told by court there must be lockdown guidelines

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Soldiers, police and other “security forces” personnel allegedly involved in wrongdoing, in one instance apparently murder, have to be suspended from duty while investigations...

ISS: Gender-based violence during lockdown – looking for answers

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The COVID-19 crisis and social distancing measures have caused deep concerns about their impact on women in abusive relationships. Numerous articles in the South...

Cyber-intel firms pitch governments on spy tools to trace coronavirus

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When law enforcement agencies want to gather evidence locked inside an iPhone, they often turn to hacking software from the Israeli firm Cellebrite. By...

SANDF assists police in Mbekweni, Paarl East

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has assisted the South African Police Service (SAPS) with the enforcement of the Disaster Management Act in...

No police abuse in Moroccan lockdown

Morocco rejected allegations of police brutality enforcing a lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus, after an official in UN High Commissioner for Human...

“Draconian” lockdown measures in SA – UN Human Rights Commissioner

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South Africa is among countries the UN Human Rights Commissioner maintains have instituted “draconian” and “repressive” measures to combat the spread of coronavirus. UN Human...

Domestic violence drops in lockdown

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Domestic violence related crimes decreased significantly since the National State of Disaster regulations were introduced last month. These are crimes related but not limited to...

Hundred plus SA public officials arrested for COVID-19 violations

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Police Minister Bheki Cele is concerned at the large number of public officials arrested for violating COVID-19 regulations. Cele, during a visit to KwaZulu-Natal to...

Fifteen lockdown complaints lodged with the Military Ombud

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The Military Ombud Office has as South Africa enters week four of the national lockdown received 15 complaints of soldiers using excessive force and...

Drones enforce Rwanda lockdown

Tech-savvy Rwanda uses drones to keep residents of Kigali informed of coronavirus lockdown measure and help catch those who abuse them. Police stop cars and...

ISS: Preparation is key to policing a crisis like COVID-19

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Limited time for planning, organising and training made it inevitable that policing South Africa’s COVID-19 lockdown would pose challenges for law enforcement. Many countries...

Law will prevail in Alexandra death probe – Mapisa-Nqakula

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said the law will take its course in the investigation into the death of an Alexandra man,...

Nigerian lockdown claims 18 lives

Nigerian security forces killed 18 people while enforcing lockdowns imposed to halt the spread of the new coronavirus, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)...

Four lockdown soldier brutality incidents reported to Military Ombud

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The first three weeks of lockdown in South Africa have seen four complaints regarding alleged assault by soldiers lodged with the Office of the...

SA Air Force and Navy support COVID-19 lockdown efforts

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The South African Air Force (SAAF) and the SA Navy (SAN) are playing a vital role in assisting the efforts to combat and contain...

Defence committee concerned about soldier violence during lockdown

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Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans (PCDMV) supports deployment of national defence force elements to ensure lockdown protocols and regulations are adhered...

SA National Defence Force assists SA Police Service in Franschoek

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SA National Defence Force (SANDF) members, under command of Joint Tactical Headquarters Western Cape, shifted their focus to the rural area of Franschoek on...

Ramaphosa condemns crime, violence during lockdown

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has condemned acts of crime and violence during the nationwide coronavirus lockdown, including the looting of schools and gender based violence. In...

African police accused of excessive force during lockdowns

Days after Congo announced emergency restrictions to curb the new coronavirus, a police video circulating online showed an officer beating a taxi driver violating...

Case brought against soldiers on lockdown duty

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In what is believed to be the third incident of violence - apparently a murder - involving soldiers since the 28 March lockdown started,...

Concern about illegal immigrants returning when lockdown is lifted

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“Porous” land borders, especially with Mozambique and Zimbabwe, have been brought into the coronavirus battle by the Freedom Front Plus (FF+) which is concerned...

Rural areas lockdown, alert warning from representative agriculture

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By far the majority of the national lockdown effort is focussed on South Africa’s urban areas even while there are warnings about the impact...

SANDF Chief and Chaplain General call on lockdown duty troops

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Top SA National Defence Force (SANDF) brass, including the Chief and Chaplain General, today (Wednesday 8 April) called on soldiers deployed in support of...

Western Cape anti-crime op over, soldiers now part of national lockdown

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The utilisation of soldiers in support of police anti-crime operations on the Cape Flats was set to finish at the end of March. Indications...

Respect the rule of law, South Africans urged

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As South Africa enters the second week of a 21 day lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19, law enforcement agencies called on communities...

Two thousand plus arrests for non-compliance with South African COVID regulations

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Law enforcement agencies arrested 2 289 suspects for non-compliance with COVID-19 National State of Disaster regulations, Police Minister Bheki Cele said. Speaking at a media...

Some South African lockdown regulations relaxed

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Patients with life-threatening diseases are now allowed to enter South Africa or go abroad for medical treatment. This is one of several revised regulations announced...

Soldier impersonators apparently attack and murder elderly KZN woman

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The issue of the illegal use of South African National Defence Force (SANDF) uniforms was this week again in the public focus after a...

Military Ombud confirms receipt of excessive soldier force during lockdown complaint

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The Military Ombud office in Centurion is operational and taking complaints, including those about alleged excessive use of force by soldiers during the national...

Casspir crashes whilst evading taxi in the Eastern Cape

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A South African Army Casspir has crashed whilst trying to avoid a minibus taxi in the Eastern Cape, injuring some of the occupants. Security video...

SA man shot by cop, security guard

South African police said a policeman and security guard shot a man dead during the coronavirus lockdown. Police officers encountered men drinking in a tavern...

Lagos lockdown

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s announcement imposing a 14-day lockdown on sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest city triggered a last-minute rush as people hurried to stock up...

C-in-C and Defence Minister tell soldiers “no excessive force”

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President Cyril Ramaphosa again stressed South Africa’s security personnel “must act within the law at all times” during the coronavirus lockdown and his defence...

Zimbabwe locked down

Zimbabwe will impose a nationwide lockdown for 21 days from Monday to curb the spread of the coronavirus and security forces may be deployed...

South Africa’s lockdown struggles

Bustling streets and long queues at supermarkets highlighted South Africa’s struggle to adapt to a new lockdown on Friday, as the country recorded its...

Alleged lockdown soldier brutality to be investigated

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The first days of South Africa’s national coronavirus lockdown have seen allegations of unnecessary brutality and violence by soldiers which are going to find...

First coronavirus deaths in South Africa

Cases of coronavirus in South Africa passed the thousand mark on Friday, the health ministry said and reporting its first two deaths on the...

Nigeria preparing for lockdown

The Nigerian Army is preparing to forcibly transfer the sick to hospital and enforce curbs on movement to shield the country from coronavirus and...