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South Africa’s police are losing the war on crime – here’s how they need to rethink their approach

South Africa’s police are losing the war on crime – here’s how they need to rethink their approach

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 and attempted murder. The country’s per capita murder rate for 2022/23 was the highest in 20 years at 45 per 100,000 (a 50% increase compared to 2012/13). GUY LAMB, Criminologist / Senior Lecturer, Stellenbosch University In response to this crisis, the South African Police Service has reconfigured its policing strategies and plans. Yet, these approaches offer very little innovation. They mostly reaffirm the way the police have typically pursued policing for the past three decades –…
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Gunmen ambush family in South African homestead, kill 10

Gunmen ambush family in South African homestead, kill 10

GUNMEN stormed a homestead in a township outside the South African city of Pietermaritzburg and ambushed a family, killing 10 people, police said. Police did not give a motive for the shooting, but said in a statement that they had arrested two suspects believed to have been involved in the incident, in which seven women and three men died. A third suspect escaped, while a fourth was fatally shot when confronted by officers, the police said. The identity of the suspects was not immediately known. A family member is consoled at the scene of a deadly mass shooting near Pietermaritzburg,…
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Police hunt gunmen who fired 137 rounds in Soweto bar shooting

Police hunt gunmen who fired 137 rounds in Soweto bar shooting

NQOBILE DLUDLA POLICE are hunting for five attackers who burst into a bar in Soweto, South Africa and killed 15 customers in a hail of at least 137 bullets over the weekend, the police minister said. Nine other people were wounded in the raid in the early hours of Sunday morning that followed closely on two other shootings in a surge of violence that shocked a nation with one of the world's highest murder rates. "It was such a brutality," Police Minister Bheki Cele told a crowd gathered at the scene in Soweto's Orlando East neighbourhood. "These people really came…
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SA police boss wins power battle against minister

SA police boss wins power battle against minister

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER SOUTH African national police commissioner General Khehla Sitole has scored an important victory in the courts against his political boss, Police Minister Bheki Cele. The North Gauteng High Court, sitting in Pretoria, has affirmed Sitole’s right to suspend his subordinates, suspected of misconduct. The court ruling flew in the face of an attempt by Cele to force Sitole to halt the suspension of six top police officers over the purchase of R1.5-million COVID-19 personal protection equipment (PPE). The top officers have been suspended for allegedly using the Secret Services Account illegally to purchase the PPEs. The suspended…
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R176-million paid to families of Marikana massacre victims

R176-million paid to families of Marikana massacre victims

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER THE South African government has paid over R176-million to compensate the families of those who were killed in the August 6, 2012 Marikana massacre, Police Minister Bheki Cele has disclosed. A total of 34 mine workers were shot and killed in clashes between striking mine workers and the police. Cele made the announcement when he released a report compiled by a panel of experts on the reforms the SA Police Service should undergo following the massacre, which ranks as the worst attack on civilians by the police in a post apartheid SA. The minister disclosed that a…
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Police general “received gifts and a R400 000 kickback”

Police general “received gifts and a R400 000 kickback”

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER “Nobody is above the law,” declared South Africa’s national police commissioner General Khehla Sitole on the day one of his deputies appeared in court, charged with fraud and corruption. Lieutenant-General Bonang Mgwenya, the deputy national commissioner for human resources has joined nine other top police officers in dock where they are charged with criminality in relation to an irregular R191-million ”blue lights tender”. Mgwenya is now the 13th suspect and the 9th police officer who have been arrested and appeared in court in connection with a 2017 multi-million rand tender fraud to purchase blue lights and radios…
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Crisis hits South African Police top leadership

Crisis hits South African Police top leadership

JOVIAL RANTAO TWO of the most powerful men in the South African Police Service - the national police commissioner General Khehla Sitole and Minister of Police Bheki Cele, the political head of the force - are on a collision course over the suspension of top police officers implicated in the purchase of personal protective equipment. At the heart of the dispute between Sitole and Cele was the decision of the national commissioner to suspend three generals. On December 1, Cele wrote to Sitole instructing him to halt the suspensions until his office had received a final report on alleged PPE…
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South African politician in trouble for not wearing a mask

South African politician in trouble for not wearing a mask

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER REFILWE Mtsweni-Tsipane, the Premier of South Africa’s Mpumalanga Province, has landed herself in hot water after she was spotted not wearing a mask in public, an act in violation of the law. Her actions led to a stern rebuke from SA Police Minister Bheki Cele, who ordered an investigation into a violation of the by the Premier. Minister Cele says the wearing of masks in public, is a non negotiable. “If South Africa wants to beat this invisible enemy which is COVID-19, we simply can’t let down our guard. This is why I have spoken to the…
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Two more arrested for whistleblower’s murder

Two more arrested for whistleblower’s murder

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER TWO more suspects have been arrested in Johannesburg in connection with the assassination of anti-corruption witness and whistleblower Babita Deokaran. Police Minister Bheki Cele has revealed during an interview with Newzroom Afrika that in addition to arresting the two suspects, police also seized two cars - a van and a sedan - a firearm and lots of cash.  The arrests brings to eight, the number of suspects arrested in connection with the August 23 murder of Deokaran (53), whose murder has led to nationwide concerns about the safety of witnesses and whistleblowers. Deokaran, who was a senior…
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ANC’s bid to persuade Zuma to avoid jail

ANC’s bid to persuade Zuma to avoid jail

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER BHEKI Cele, the South African Minister of Police has met former President Jacob Zuma to persuade him to avoid a possible prison term by adhering to the summons and a Constitutional Court ruling to appear before the Zondo Commission into state capture.  Cele has disclosed, in an interview with South African TV station Newzroom Afrika, that his mission to Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal was to speak to Zuma, who has made it clear that he would rather go to jail than appear before the Zondo Commission, to change his mind. Cele would not disclose the outcome of the meeting…
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