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SAPS National Intervention Unit in worse state than head office –...

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Another SA Police Service (SAPS) facility – its National Intervention Unit (NIU) in Tshwane’s Bon Accord – is “dilapidated” with an adjacent informal settlement...

SAPS Special Task Force strengthened

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The sharp end of the SA Police Service (SAPS) was honed even further this week when 13 Special Task Force (STF) members were presented...

Soldiers find, confiscate precious metals during border protection ops

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Confiscation of what the Joint Operations Division of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) terms “precious materials” worth R3 300 by soldiers on the...

Anti-illegal mining ops net 140 plus suspects, excavators and tipper trucks

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The close to three thousand seven hundred SA National Defence Force (SANDF) personnel detached to assist police curbing illicit and illegal mining activities are...

Limpopo zama zamas targeted by police and soldiers

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Limpopo provincial capital Polokwane and surrounds yielded mining equipment, illicit cigarettes and drugs as well as arrests for offences including assault, extortion and kidnapping...

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...

Missing and stolen SAPS firearms show shortcomings – DA and FF+

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Police Minister Bheki Cele and his SA Police Service (SAPS) National Commissioner, General Fannie Masemola, stand accused of losing “yet another war on crime”...

Cele repeats “fight fire with fire” call

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Police Minister Bheki Cele repeated his call for police to fight fire with fire “especially when their lives are threatened”. Delivering the eulogy at the...

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...

Two new helicopters for SAPS Air Wing

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) Air Wing has taken delivery of another two H125 light utility helicopters from Airbus as it recapitalises its...

Police Minister asks for time to answer FF+ on SAPS members...

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Police Minister Bheki Cele, by way of his National Commissioner General Fannie Masemola, did not give a direct answer to a Parliamentary question asked...

SAPS rural safety strategy needs community commitment to work – Joemat-Pettersson

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In the wake of a SA Police Service (SAPS) presentation to Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Police (POP), its chair maintains community mobilisation is a...

SAPS looking at Armalite carbines

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National Police Commissioner Fannie Masemola’s SA Police Service (SAPS) is investigating acquisition of new firearms, specifically American manufactured Armalite carbines. Given it’s early days, as...

Paradigm shift needed to fight crime – Joemat-Pettersson

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Police Minister Bheki Cele’s crime statistics showing, among others, a murder rate in excess of 7 500 for the third quarter of last year,...

Seven thousand five hundred plus murders in last quarter of 2022...

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South African police minister Bheki Cele admitted the release last week of 2022 fourth quarter crime statistics was “not positive” but maintained the numbers...

Police to be more effective – Gungubele

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Included in plans to make police more effective in their primary roles of fighting and preventing crime are “specialised teams” focusing on specific crimes...

Soldiers stop six thousand plus illegal immigrants in December

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The presence of soldiers to, amongst others, deter and prevent illegal immigration on South Africa’s landward borders, appears to be working when taking latest...

Crime statistics worrying

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Reaction to the release of third quarter crime statistics by Police Minister Bheki Cele this week range from “bloodbath” through to “worrying” and “upward...

Wanted: registered ATO to train police drone drivers

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The SA Police Service (SAPS) is in the process of acquiring 168 UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) or drones, to boost crime fighting and prevention...

Police reservist ranks diminishing

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Employment appears to be a point of commonality between SA Police Service (SAPS) Reservists and the Reserve Force of the SA National Defence Force...

UAVs to help fight and prevent crime on the way

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The SA Police Service (SAPS) is turning to the sky for assistance with crime prevention in the form of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The soon...

Army/police co-operation for better border protection and cost saving

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Both the national defence force and police service are integral components of the South African government’s security forces and often work in tandem at...

SA’s new top cop welcomed by Ramaphosa and Cele

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SA Police Service (SAPS) lieutenant general Sehlahle Fannie Masemola is the ninth national police commissioner appointed by the governing party since it came to...

Police minister adamant no security threat in SA

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Police Minister Bheki Cele, who’s SA Police Service (SAPS) was severely criticised for lack of action during the July unrest, maintains there is no...

Protecting government VIPs costs R1.7 billion

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The constitutional democracy South Africa has been for the past 26 years has not apparently stretched as far as allowing the country’s presidents, Cabinet...

Police “Country in Blue” strategy up and running

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The emergency warning blue lights fitted to registered police vehicles will be on from dusk to dawn as part of a national effort to...

More police resign than retire

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The SA Police Service (SAPS) lost more personnel to resignations than retirement in the 2019/20 financial year with nine other reasons given for continued...

Automatic weapons should not be used on protesters – policing report

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The ISS welcomes an expert report on policing noting the constitutional right to peaceful protest and says automatic weapons should never be used for...

Fake COVID-19 vaccine seizure in SA only “the tip of the...

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The seizure of around 2 400 doses (400 ampoules) of fake COVID-19 vaccine in Germiston by South African police following an Interpol global alert...

Another step to improving rural safety

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This week saw a high level meeting where police, organised agriculture and civil society took rural security head on with commitments made in a...

SAPS looking to bring back retired “bobbies”

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The SA Police Service (SAPS) wants retired policemen back to “improve staffing levels, fight crime and keep South Africans safe”. This is according to a...

Police reservists sought to combat rural crime

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Farm attacks and murders came under the spotlight earlier this month when South Africa’s top cop, National Commissioner Khehla Sitole, met with a delegation...

SAASIC and SAPS horses – worlds apart

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Potchefstroom in North West is an equine centre for the country's top two security agencies – the SA National Defence Force (SANDF)...

Multi-disciplinary security simulation exercise in Gauteng and Fiela ops in two...

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Police in Gauteng this week exercised a range of capabilities in Gauteng aimed at ensuring "the security forces hone their skills in...

Thousands of police not competent to carry firearms

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No less than 3 500 policemen and women are uncertified to carry firearms and a "startling" 11 000 do not have competency...

Defence Minister wants rethink on soldiers supporting police policies

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Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has seemingly joined the list of politicians asking for soldiers to be deployed as part...

How to appoint a competent – and honest – national police...

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President Jacob Zuma and new police minister Fikile Mbalula have an immediate opportunity to radically improve policing in South Africa through the...

Cops pounce on suspected poachers in Mpumalanga

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The SA Police Service continues to close the net on suspected rhino poachers in ongoing efforts to prevent and combat wildlife-related crime...

Police will be out in force on election day

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More than 50 000 policemen and women will be deployed at more than twenty-two thousand voting stations across the country next Wednesday...

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...

Parliament police committee sees new rank structure promoting professionalism

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Francois Beukman, chairman of Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Police, maintains the new SA Police Service (SAPS) ranks structure should be used to...

Changes to police rank structure

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The SA Police Service (SAPS) will implement some changes in its rank structure as from June 1 with the most notable being...

Police also contributing in fight against rhino poaching

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Ongoing efforts by the SA Police Service (SAPS) aimed at reducing incidents of rhino poaching in national parks are yielding positive results,...

Farm murders now a priority crime

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The SA Police Service has indicated that farm murders will be officially prioritised following a meeting between senior police management and the...

Shorter more intense training for police recruits

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) has shortened its Basic Training Learning Programme (BTLP) from 24 months to an intensive eight months. The...

South African police working at becoming more professional Parliament committee hears

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The aftermath of the August 2012 Marikana massacre has seen the SA Police Service (SAPS) undertake a number of initiatives to professionalise...

Restructuring to improve police performance

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The restructuring underway at the South African Police Service (SAPS) is aimed at improving the efficiency and effectiveness within the police, especially...

Restructuring to improve police performance

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The restructuring underway at the South African Police Service (SAPS) is aimed at improving the efficiency and effectiveness within the police, especially...

Mozambique border shooting incident resolved without charges being laid

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The July shooting incident involving soldiers, police and employees of a car tracking company on the Mozambique/South African border in KwaZulu-Natal in...

Operation Fiela forges ahead, but without soldiers

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Government's all-purpose anti-crime initiative, Operation Fiela, which started life primarily to end a bout of xenophobia, is ongoing but without the military. Earlier...