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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

SAPS Commissioner hosts his Namibian counterpart to share expertise, insights

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The National Police Commissioner, General Fannie Masemola, last week hosted the Commissioner of the Angola National Police, General Arnaldo Manuel Carlos, on a seven-day...

Is SAPS Crime Intelligence turning the corner?

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Media headlines and social media have in recent months and days been trumpeting major Police, Crime Intelligence (CI) and Asset Forfeiture Unit successes across...

10 000 new SA police officers to boost festive season safety...

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Police Minister Bheki Cele has assured South Africa that it will be all hands on deck by law enforcement officials this festive season, to...

South Africa’s police are losing the war on crime – here’s...

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South Africa’s crime statistics for the third quarter of 2023 show that people continue to face a serious problem of violent crime, especially murder...

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 destroy drugs worth R800 million in Gauteng operation

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) have destroyed drugs worth R800 million during policing operations in Johannesburg, on Thursday.   National Commissioner of the South African...

SAPS claim successes in dealing with criminal syndicates

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Police Minister Bheki Cele says the police are pushing back against crime in the country, and flushing out ruthless and greedy organised criminal syndicates. “The...

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...

ISS: Elite unit brutality reflects widespread police impunity in SA

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The assault on three occupants of a vehicle by Presidential Protection Unit (PPU) security officers assigned to Deputy President Paul Mashatile has sparked widespread...

Eight SAPS VIP protection members served with suspension notices

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National Police Commissioner, General Fanie Masemola, has confirmed that eight members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) implicated in the video which shows...

ISS: South Africa does have the means to reduce violence

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In May, police minister Beki Cele praised the South African Police Service’ (SAPS) ‘more boots on the ground’ approach to fighting crime. His speech...

Turkish President honours SAPS K9 team for saving lives after earthquake

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Turkish President Recept Tayyip Erdogan has honoured the South African Police Service (SAPS) K9 search and rescue team, following the devastating earthquake that engulfed...

Cigarette smuggler arrested at Groblersbrug border

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) Commissioner in Limpopo, Lieutenant-General Thembi Hadebe, has applauded members of the Groblersbrug Border Post for their alertness and...

SAPS Special Task Force (STF) ranked in global top ten SWAT...

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The South African Police Service’s Special Task Force has scored ninth place in the annual five-day UAE SWAT Challenge, which featured 55 teams from...

Calls for police to deal with crime not falling on deaf...

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Calls by South Africans for police to decisively deal with crime are not falling on deaf ears, said Police Minister Bheki Cele. The police will...

SAPS training another 10 000 recruits this year

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Police Minister Bheki Cele has noted that in addition to the 10 000 new recruits trained last year, another 10 000 are undergoing training...

ISS: ANC call for more police won’t solve South Africa’s crime...

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The ‘fight against crime and corruption’ is one of the African National Congress’ (ANC) six priorities for 2023, according to the ruling party’s 8...

SAPS gets new helicopter

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) has taken delivery of a new H125 helicopter from Airbus Helicopters, and is using it for visible policing...

Female constable becomes first woman to complete Special Task Force Selection...

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A 31-year-old police constable has become the first woman to complete the South African Police Service (SAPS) Special Task Force (STF) Selection Training Programme...

ISS: Are South Africa’s police jumping the gun on new technologies?

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Emerging technologies are seen as critical tools for making South Africa safer. This includes a rise in spending on city surveillance systems (including CCTV...

ISS: Ntumba verdict continues South Africa’s police impunity trend

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Tuesday’s acquittal of the four South African Police Service (SAPS) members charged with killing Mthokozisi Ntumba was met with widespread shock. Ntumba, 35, died...

Additional funds for anti-gang units, high-crime police stations

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Police Minister, Bheki Cele, says anti-gang units and police stations that fall within provinces that rank the highest in terms of reported crimes have...

ISS: New SA police chief’s main test is winning public trust

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South Africa’s new national commissioner of police, General Fannie Masemola is by all accounts a competent career professional. When he took office on 1...

South Africans have low trust in their police – here’s why

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The legitimacy of legal authorities is recognised globally as crucial for the state’s ability to function in a justifiable and effective manner. This applies,...

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...

KZN SAPS operations nab 8 600 suspects in February

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A series of multidisciplinary operations targeting individual crimes on specific days of the week saw police in KwaZulu-Natal nab over 8 000 suspects, as...

12 000 officers to beef up police ranks

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) is on a recruitment drive, which is expected to boost the service with at least 12 000 more...

President terminates employment of General Sitole

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has, by mutual agreement, terminated the employment contract of the National Commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS), General Khehla...

Cabinet commends officers for intercepting Rosettenville suspects

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Cabinet has, at its meeting in Cape Town on Wednesday, commended the multi-disciplinary team of law enforcement agencies that intercepted a gang of heavily...

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...

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...

SAPS resumes 2019/2020 police training programme

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) has taken a decision to resume the 2019/2020 Basic Police Learning Development Programme (BLDP) intake. SAPS on Friday said...

Police activate 72-hour plan after officer killed, two injured

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Gauteng Police have launched the 72-hour activation plan after a police officer was killed and two others wounded in the last 24 hours. In a...

Moti bothers reunite with their family

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The four Moti brothers who were abducted in Limpopo in October, have been reunited with their family, the South African Police Service (SAPS) said. In...

Specialised team established to investigate political violence in Tshwane

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) has established a specialised team that will investigate politically related violence that has in recent times plagued Tshwane...

ISS: Smuggled explosives keep illegal mining syndicates in business

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To block organised crime and protect South Africans from dangerous blasts, explosives trafficking must be stopped. Acting on a tip-off, a South African Police Service...

SAPS use of deadly force needs addressing – expert report

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) has a myriad of issues. The recent July unrest exposed its ability to respond and effectively deal with...

Two appear in court for fraud over military pension scam

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Two suspects have appeared in the Paarl Magistrate’s court today on fraud charges. According to the South African Police Service, various retired South African Defence...