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Action Society blasts R2 billion police protection unit budget

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Civil rights organisation Action Society has condemned newly appointed police minister Senzo Mchunu’s announcement that he will allocate R2 billion for VIP protection services,...

ActionSA calls for Mchunu to use thousands of reservists in anti-crime...

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After new Police Minister Senzo Mchunu’s commitment to enhance police capacity by expanding the workforce to bolster their fight against crime, ActionSA has called...

SAPS uncovers massive R2 billion drug lab

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Minister of Police, Senzo Mchunu, applauded an operation by a joint team of Limpopo Hawks and Limpopo SAPS. The operation resulted in four arrests...

SAPS to recruit additional members to combat crime

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) is set to recruit additional members to bolster its ranks over the three-year Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) period...

Police Minister calls for expanded R113.5 billion policing budget

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Police Minister Senzo Mchunu followed up on Monday’s speech outlining new policing priorities by calling for an increase in the police budget, which totals...

SAPS has destroyed over 260 000 firearms since 2019

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On Friday 12 July, the South African Police Service announced the destruction of 14 595 firearms and firearm parts, emphasizing that the service “remains...

Tough measures and technology among new priorities for SAPS

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The “mission is clear, our country must be safe for all,” says South Africa’s new police minister Senzo Mchunu, who outlined the new priorities...

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...

POPCRU hoping for better resourced police and efforts to tackle policing...

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The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) has called on the newly appointed police minister Senzo Mchunu to improve working conditions for police...

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...

Senzo Mchunu replaces Bheki Cele as Police Minister

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President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday 30 June announced the new members of the National Executive for the seventh administration, and this includes a new...

Three-pronged border vehicle checkpoint nets R1.4 million in cash

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All three South African government agencies committed to border protection and security recently combined to intercept more than R1.4 million in cash from Basotho...

More boots on the ground to maintain stability in KZN

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More than three hundred additional Public Order Police officers have been deployed to KwaZulu-Natal to maintain stability in the province following the 2024 National...

Private Security Industry proves strong force multiplier in E2, says Masemola

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The partnership between the South African Police Service and private security companies has been applauded for ensuring a safe election. Ahead of the election,...

Operation Vala Umgodi continues to record successes against illegal miners

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The South African Police Service (SAPS), supported by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and the Department of Home Affairs, continue to record...

Normal policing – including Vala Umgodi – continues during election period

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Those operating outside the law in South Africa should not be emboldened by the police and security focus this week on national and provincial...

Soldiers will support police to maintain law and order in election...

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The SA National Defence Force (SANDF), as with previous Operation Prosper deployments, will again support the SA Police Service (SAPS) in the lead-up to...

Over 1.2 million calls to Gauteng 10111 line dropped in a...

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Over 1.2 million calls to Gauteng’s police emergency call centre were “dropped” from 1 March 2023 and 1 March this year. In a recent parliamentary...

Majority of missing SAPS firearms not recovered

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Men and women in National Police Commissioner General Fannie Masemola’s SA Police Service (SAPS) reported 742 firearms stolen in the 2022/23 financial year with...

SAPS issues armoured vehicle tender for Special Task Force

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) has issued a tender for the conversion of a Nissan Patrol 5.6 V8 LE Premium, or similar type...

How can South Africa’s minister of police improve policing?

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At its launch on 8 May 2023, the police’s Operation Shanela (Zulu for ‘sweep’) was billed as an unapologetic and decisive initiative to ‘fight crime and...

Highly skilled police officers leaving SAPS at an alarming rate, warns...

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Highly skilled and specialised members of the Special Task Force and National Intervention Unit divisions are exiting the SA Police Service at an alarming...

Anti-illegal mining ops net over four thousand suspects

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The four-month period from December to March saw police assisted by, among others, soldiers from the SA Army Light Modern Brigade (LMB), arrest 4...

KZN police boss addresses 3000 commissioned officers on ‘performance’ and ‘shortfalls’

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KwaZulu-Natal provincial police commissioner Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi met with 3000 commissioned officers on Tuesday to gauge performances and “account on all the shortfalls...

South Africa’s security forces once brutally entrenched apartheid. It’s been a...

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One of the important tasks that faced South Africa’s democratic government after 1994 was to reform the apartheid-era security apparatus. The African National Congress (ANC),...

New police recruits report for basic training

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The first 4 500 men and women of 10 000 total to make it through SA Police Service (SAPS) recruitment procedures reported for training...

SANDF helps nab more illegal miners

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South African National Defence Force (SANDF) soldiers working together with their colleagues from the South African Police Service (SAPS) have apprehended over a dozen...

Operation Vala Umgodi nets 18 chrome-laden trucks in Limpopo

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With the end of April – and end of the SA Army Light Modern Brigade (LMB) deployment – approaching, the SA Police Service (SAPS)-headed...

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....

Private Security Industry proves strong force multiplier in Eyes and Ears...

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More than 1 600 alerts generated in the Eyes and Ears Initiative (E2) and Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system led to 133 vehicles...

SANDF and SAPS reach out to less privileged schoolchildren during anti-illegal...

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Members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and South African Police Service (SAPS) found time during joint operations to combat illegal mining...

R8 million plus setback for illegal miners

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A two-month haul worth in excess of R8 million in mining and allied equipment, diamonds, ore, explosives and weapons is the tally for the...

SAPS has “strategies” and “key interventions” to fight crime and corruption

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Thanks to a Parliamentary question and the Deputy President answering questions in the National Assembly (NA), South Africans know the SA Police Service (SAPS)...

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...

Illegal mining ops halted in Free State, North West

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Police supported by soldiers from the SA Army Light Modern Brigade (LMB) have conducted “disruptive operations” against illegal miners in the Free State and...

Armscor seeking troop carrying helicopter for the SAPS

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Armscor has issued a tender for a ‘troop carrying helicopter’ for the South African Police Service (SAPS) as the police bolster their aerial resources. The...

Analysis: Too soon to quit – Armscor tenders and SMME development

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“It is always too soon to quit”. This is a quote attributed to Norman Vincent Peale. I was starting to wonder if Armscor would...

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...

Police seize homemade river crossing equipment

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Police have prevented suspected smugglers from using makeshift equipment to cross the Limpopo River. A statement issued by the SA Police Service (SAPS) Provincial Commissioner’s...

Another government security cluster building shut over unsafe conditions

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Days after the South African Air Force’s Headquarters in Pretoria was closed to employees due to malfunctioning ventilation systems, the national head office of...

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...

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...

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...

Military involvement in reining in illegal mining successful – Modise

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The deployment of SA National Defence Force (SANDF) elements, particularly soldiers, in the national effort to curb illegal mining has resulted in what Defence...

140 police officers killed over the last four years

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) has lost 140 officers in the line of duty over the last four years. “On National Police Day, the...

Police officer arrested after fatally shooting SAAF member in Hoedspruit

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A South African Police Service (SAPS) sergeant has been arrested by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) in connection with killing a South African...

Denel pledges support for SAPS on national police day

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Michael Kgobe, the interim Group CEO of Denel, believes the annual commemoration of National Police Day on 27 January is an opportunity to highlight...

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...