A peaceful evening service was interrupted when three armed intruders gained access to The People’s Church Assembly of God, leaving worshippers in a state of fear and panic. The intruders used distraction tactics to rob attendees of their phones and cash, highlighting the need for security measures in places of worship. Counselling sessions were provided, and a police investigation is ongoing. This incident serves as a reminder that even spaces we assume to be safe can become a theatre for appalling acts of infringement.
The Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth held its annual meeting in Kampala, Uganda in January 2024. The conference focused on topics such as climate change, diversity and inclusivity in parliaments, security measures, and the role of speakers and presiding officers in building consensus for parliamentary business. Beyond political and academic significance, the event provided a platform for diverse voices and informal networking opportunities. The event celebrated the diversity of the Commonwealth’s parliamentary institutions and reaffirmed the crucial role that parliamentary figures play in shaping the future of democracy.
Cashintransit guards are faced with the daunting task of transporting substantial amounts of money while ensuring its safety. Despite their training and experience, they are regularly targeted by armed criminals seeking to make a quick profit. The recent surge in cashintransit heists highlights the inherent risks and challenges of this profession.
Bola Tinubu, the newly elected President of Nigeria, has wasted no time in making significant decisions since his inauguration on May 29. Despite ongoing challenges to the outcome of the February elections, Tinubu has taken proactive steps to address the country’s most pressing concerns.
The Western Cape Government (WCG) and City of Cape Town (CoCT) are mourning the death of LEAP officer Siphelo Magwa. The 25yearold officer was a victim of a fatal shooting in Crossroads during his offduty hours. He was with his brother and another individual in a vehicle when they were ambushed by three assailants who fired multiple rounds, leaving all three dead at the scene. Magwa had been stationed in the unit at Mitchells Plain and was a committed LEAP officer.
On 14th May 2023, the City of Cape Town announced a new initiative aimed at providing convenient access to various city services and assistance from City officials. The initiative includes the deployment of a Mobile Office in Khayelitsha and the Basket of Services at Lentegeur’s Civic Centre.
In the first quarter of 2023, Cape Town’s Metro Police and Law Enforcement Departments made significant strides in their fight against crime, resulting in a notable increase in arrests and confiscations. This article will delve into the factors that contributed to this achievement, the challenges faced by the City’s Safety and Security personnel, and the importance of individual accountability in securing lasting change.
President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa has responded to recent claims that his government supplied weapons to Russia. The US government alleges that South Africa provided arms to the sanctioned Russian cargo vessel, Lady R. In response to these allegations, Ramaphosa’s spokesperson, Vincent Magwenya, communicated via Twitter that the South African Presidency has taken note of the remarks attributed to the US Ambassador and will respond in due course.
On April 26, 2023, the Ministry of Defence and Military Veterans in South Africa announced the rollout of the longawaited Military Veterans Pension. This financial support for veterans was legislated in the Military Veterans Act of 2011, Act no. 18 of 2011.
Ten years ago, on February 24, 2013, the Peace, Security and Cooperation (PSC) Framework for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Great Lakes Region was signed, with the aim of bringing peace, security, stability, and development to the region. However, a decade later, the situation remains far from the goals the Framework set out to achieve.
The Pretoria High Court has ordered the South African government to equip public facilities, such as hospitals, clinics, police stations, and schools, with generators and diesel to ensure an uninterrupted power supply within 60 days. The ruling raises concerns about the economic implications of this directive, as the cost of generators and diesel would be an expensive undertaking for taxpayers, funded by general taxes.
Genderbased violence (GBV) remains critical in South Africa’s posteducation and training sector. Female students are particularly vulnerable to experiencing physical and psychological harm, as demonstrated by a Higher Health (HH) study, which found that 62% of South African students feel unsafe on campus.
President Cyril Ramaphosa’s public engagement program for May 2023 demonstrates his administration’s dedication to promoting and strengthening South Africa’s global presence. The program encompasses various events and activities covering a wide range of topics, from healthcare to regional peace and security, as well as bilateral relationships with other countries.
The Gauteng Provincial Legislature has launched a crimefighting initiative to reduce crime in Gauteng. The industry is led by the Premier of Gauteng, Panyaza Lesfufi, and the MEC for Community Safety, Faith Mazibuko. The newly launched crimefighting unit plans to deploy 6,000 Crime Prevention Wardens in townships, informal settlements, and hostels to protect residents and fight crime.
The 2023 National Freedom Day celebrations were marked by a speech from President Cyril Ramaphosa. In his address, he discussed several issues concerning the history of Matlosana, the progress that had been made since the advent of democracy, and the challenges that the country still faced. While acknowledging the progress made over nearly three decades of democracy, he also recognized that there was still much work to be done.
The situation in Majola villages of Port St Johns in the Eastern Cape has been dire for years. The village has experienced incidents of violence and crime that have resulted in the burning down of over 140 homesteads and houses and the killing of 22 people in the past three years alone. The conflict has displaced scores of families, leaving women and children destitute.