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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...

ProtectionWeb launches as South Africa’s newest security sector news publication

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South Africa’s security sector is massive, employing nearly 3 million people, and the government’s peace and security budget stands at nearly R250 billion a...

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....

Kenya’s mission to Haiti: how the 1 000-strong force is preparing...

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Kenya has temporarily halted controversial plans to send a specially trained contingent of 1 000 police officers to Haiti, where armed gang violence recently...

R240 billion for security cluster allocated in 2024 defence budget

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More than R750 billion has been allocated to the security cluster over the next three years to up the ante in Government's fight against...

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...

South Africa getting 30 000 more police officers to bolster fight...

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Deputy President Paul Mashatile announced on Thursday that the government is working around the clock to capacitate the police force which will see the...

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...

SAPS embarks on a recruitment drive

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) has embarked on its 2024/2025 recruitment process in which an additional 10 000 youth between the ages of...

China’s policing models make inroads in Africa

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China’s expanded police engagements in Africa could have potentially far-reaching consequences for African security governance. Ugandan Special Forces and over 30 Chinese commandos conducted a...

ISS: Should SA municipalities get greater policing powers?

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With murder and other crimes on the rise in South Africa, better responses to violence and crime are urgently needed. Cape Town Mayor Geordin...

How Nairobi police failures let people get away with murder

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At least one person gets killed every two days in Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi. Most of these cases are never resolved. Only 94 murder...

Nigerian police: why improving public trust has proven difficult

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Policing plays a vital role in maintaining law and order in any society. Public trust and confidence in the police is a concern in...

Somalia’s sea-based policing boosted with new maritime facility

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Mogadishu – Somalia’s maritime capabilities received a major boost on 30 March with the inauguration of a new, state-of-the-art facility for the Somali Police...

New Police Commissioner outlines tenure vision, priorities

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New National Police Commissioner, General Fannie Masemola, has outlined his vision and priorities for the next five years in the position. The Commissioner addressed the...

ISS: More questions than answers in South Africa’s latest victim survey?

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South Africa’s 2020/21 Victims of Crime Survey (VOCS) was published last month. Although its accuracy was affected by the coronavirus pandemic, the findings on...

SA allocates R664.3 billion to improve safety, security over three years

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Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana has allocated R664.3 billion over the next three years to improve the country’s safety and security, and the criminal justice...

ISS: Thousands of new SA police recruits may yield little benefit

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Over the past year, concerns have been raised about the decline in the number of police in South Africa. Due to budgetary restrictions, last...

President tending to tension in security cluster

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President Cyril Ramaphosa says he is seized with acting on the visibly clear tensions between Police Minister Bheki Cele and Police Commissioner, General Kehla...

SAPS HQ operations continuing despite disconnections

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Operations are continuing uninterrupted at the South African Police Service (SAPS) administrative headquarters in Pretoria, despite utility services being disconnected by the City of...

ISS: South Africa needs less nationally-focused policing responses

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The annual crime statistics for 2020-21, released by Police Minister Bheki Cele in December, showed drops in virtually all types of violent crime. Most...

Safety intervention units to deal with traditional leaders’ attacks

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In the wake of the safety challenges faced by Amakhosi and Izinduna, the KwaZulu-Natal Executive Council has approved a decision by Community Safety and...

Suspected Islamist kills two in western Kenya – police

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A suspected member of Somali Islamist group al Shabaab detonated an explosive device that killed two people at their home in a western Kenyan...

Kenyan “rogue” policeman kills six in rampage – police

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A Kenyan police officer shot dead six people in a rampage in a neighbourhood in the capital Nairobi on Tuesday and then shot and...

Gambia police disperse protesters contesting president’s re-election

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Gambian police fired tear gas on Monday to disperse supporters of losing presidential candidate Ousainou Darboe who had taken to the streets outside the...

Tunisian police say they shot, wounded extremist trying to attack them

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Tunisian police on Friday shot and wounded an extremist who sought to attack them with a knife and cleaver in the capital, authorities said. The...

Burkina Faso holds mass burial for slain gendarmes, reports more killings...

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Burkina Faso on Tuesday buried many of the 49 gendarmes killed in a recent strike on a security outpost, even as the government reported...

Probe into Indonesian police hack underway

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Indonesian police are investigating claims by a hacker who said stolen personal data of thousands of police officers has been stolen, the latest cyberattack...

Four Kenyan police jailed for manslaughter of British aristocrat

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Kenya's High Court on Monday jailed four policemen found guilty of the manslaughter of Alexander Monson, the son of a British aristocrat who was...

Kenyan police say three ‘dangerous’ inmates flee maximum security prison

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A Kenyan serving a 41-year sentence for involvement in one of the country's worst militant attacks escaped from a maximum security prison on Monday,...

Investigation into R200 million cocaine theft from Hawks offices

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The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) has launched an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding a break-in at its Serious Organised Crime offices in...

Police nab wanted alleged Facebook serial rapist

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A 34-year-old male suspect from Limpopo who was wanted for multiple charges of rape and robberies between July 2020 and August has finally been...

Gauteng police haul 1 000 suspects at the weekend

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Twenty-five drunk and driving suspects arrested in the West Rand on Saturday were among 1 058 people that were arrested by the police during...

Newzroom Afrika reporter released after ‘confrontation’ with police

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Newzroom Afrika journalist, Ziniko Mhlaba, has been released after being detained while covering the Local Government Elections in Orlando, Soweto, on Monday. According to the...

Congo port workers clash with police over unpaid wages

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Hundreds of workers from Democratic Republic of Congo's state-owned ports company stormed its headquarters on Friday, breaking windows, burning furniture and clashing with police...

Police officers killed in Mpumalanga

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Gauteng Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela, has sent condolences to the family of Warrant Officer Jan Christoffel Esterhuysen, who was killed on Saturday...

Police visibility to increase in Gqeberha after public violence

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Police visibility will be significantly increased in Gqeberha in the wake of public violence and the destruction of property that saw several businesses and...

Police Commissioner asked to make representations into fitness to hold office

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President Cyril Ramaphosa notified National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole, last month that he intends to suspend him and asked him to make representations...

Manhunt for police killers underway

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Police in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal have mobilised the 72-hour Activation Plan following the attack on six police officers in separate incidents within 48 hours. The...

Nigerian police deny killing Shi’ites in Abuja procession

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Nigerian police denied killing members of a banned Shi'ite Muslim group who had gathered in the capital Abuja on Tuesday, saying they had arrested...

Police beat journalist, fire tear gas during Congo election protest

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Police beat a journalist and fired tear gas to disperse a small crowd in Democratic Republic of Congo's capital Kinshasa on Wednesday during an...

Zikalala orders police to hunt down killers of three Inanda women

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KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has called on the police to hunt down the suspects linked to the murder of three women in Inanda on...

Eight people suffocate at Burkina Faso mine after police fire tear...

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Eight people suffocated to death when police in Burkina Faso used tear gas against unauthorised gold miners at Nordgold's Bissa mine, a prosecutor said...

Six Kenyan police officers charged over murder of brothers

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Six Kenyan police officers were charged on Thursday with murdering two brothers, a month after the deaths that triggered widespread protests. The officers - four...

SAPS Amendment Act must be prioritised to ensure consistency in crime...

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The Portfolio Committee on Police has advised the Civilian Secretariat of Police and the South African Police Service (SAPS) to speed up the amendment...

Unprepared intelligence structures should have anticipated civil unrest

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The entire security cluster was caught unprepared to deal with July’s civil unrest, and should have anticipated it and taken appropriate measures to pre-empt...

SAPS restructuring amid budget cuts and other challenges

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) has outlined a long list of challenges to Parliament, including budget cuts, civil unrest, corruption and attacks on...

ISS: More public order police is no easy answer for South...

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In the wake of the July unrest, other options are needed to ensure better handling of public violence. The chaotic unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng...

DNA Backlog now exceeds 300 000 cases in Forensics Division of...

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The DNA backlog crisis in the Forensics Division of the South African Police Service (SAPS) now exceeds 300 000 cases and it is estimated...