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ISS: Police abuses during lockdown reflect deep accountability problems

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Fundamental rights such as the right to life and dignity are protected in South Africa’s constitution as ‘entirely’ ‘non-derogable.’ This means they cannot, under...

Thousands of weapons destroyed in PE

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Thousands of dangerous weapons have been destroyed at a smelter in the Nelson Mandela Bay District. Eastern Cape MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison, Weziwe...

Cable theft suspects nabbed

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A joint operational plan to address theft and damage to essential infrastructure in the rail environment has continued to yield positive results. “In the latest...

SAPS launches dedicated quarantine site

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) has unveiled a 45-bed quarantine and isolation COVID-19 site for infected members. Beyond the pandemic, the facility will be...

Concern over ‘inflated’ SAPS rubber bullet tender

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It has been alleged that the South African Police Service (SAPS) paid five times what they should have for less lethal ammunition. According to the...

ISS: Insight into the integrity of South Africa’s police

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The reputation of South Africa’s police was further tarnished in the first weeks of the country’s COVID-19 lockdown as videos depicting abuses went viral....

COVID-19: Over 7 000 police test positive

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Over 7 000 members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) have tested positive for COVID-19, Police Minister Bheki Cele said on Wednesday. “COVID-19 has...

Two arrested after allegedly posing as soldiers, raping and murdering elderly...

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) has said it has arrested two men who allegedly posed as South African National Defence Force (SANF) soldiers...

ISS: Old solutions won’t fix South Africa’s deteriorating police service

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President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation address (SONA) on 13 February suggests that he is badly informed about the state of policing in...

SANDF assists SAPS with Operation Lockdown successes

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The South African National Defence Force (SANDF), by providing an Oryx helicopter, has assisted the South African Police Service (SAPS) in its Operation Lockdown...

Gauteng police net 900 suspects

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Intensified crime combating operations in Gauteng over the weekend saw the arrest of over 900 suspects and 15 illegal firearms recovered. Gauteng police spokesperson Mavela...

JCPS calls for calm in Tshwane CBD

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The Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) Cluster has urged Tshwane citizens not take the law into their hands as they tackle alleged drug...

Women-led police operation nabs 263 suspects

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A women-led police operation has led to the arrest of 263 suspects for various offences across the North West province. “Detectives in the province apprehended 263...

ISS: Fighting crime shouldn’t trump SA’s public order policing

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The killing by police of Andries Tatane in April 2011, and of 37 men between 13 and 16 August 2012 during a strike at...

Over 140 arrested in Western Cape NatJoints operations

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Over 140 suspects have been arrested during National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NatJoints) operations around the Western Cape since Thursday morning, Police Minister...

Police canine awarded service medal for drug detection

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A South African Police Service (SAPS) canine, a Sable German Shepherd named Savage, has been awarded a service medal for his role in detecting...

Police’s Anti-Gang Unit elevated to national office

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Police Minister Bheki Cele says the recently-established Anti-Gang Unit will be elevated to the national office to ensure that its mandate is extended to...

Minister condemns attack on Anti-Gang Unit officers

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Police Minister, General Bheki Cele, has condemned the shooting and attack of six Anti-Gang Unit members in Nyanga, Cape Town, early this morning. “Attacking members...

ISS: Are South Africa’s police ready to lead with the evidence?

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Does hiring more police reduce crime? Not necessarily. What about rapidly responding to calls for assistance? Nope. Random, visible patrol? I’m afraid not. Being...

5 000 new police trainees to boost capacity

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The South African Police Service has welcomed 5 000 police trainees into its ranks, which will increase its operational capacity. Of the 5 000 trainees,...

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