The hybrid nature of threats to South Africa’s energy infrastructure can only be solved by an integrated solution, including severe sanctions that should include fines and imprisonment.
South African police minister, Bheki Cele, centre, at the scene of the tavern shooting that claimed 16 lives in Soweto.
Historically, most mass shootings in South Africa have been associated with three main things: gang conflicts, rivalries in the minibus taxi sector and factional or inter-group feuds.
A culture of better service and use of minimal force are key to improving public confidence in the South African Police Service.
Perceptions that South African police treat people disrespectfully, lack impartiality or transparency, and are prone to brutality
undermine public confidence in them.
Mpho Phalatse, mayor of Johannesburg.
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Parties must forego ideological rigidity and compromise for the common good, says Mpho Phalatse about making coalitions work.
The 144 mental health care users were failed from the get go.
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An immediate police investigation into the deaths was prevented because the cause of death was indicated as ‘natural causes’ on their death certificates.
South African police prepare guns handed in during one of several amnesties for destruction.
If proposed amendments to the law are passed, it will no longer be possible to acquire a firearm licence for self-defence in the country. This has sparked heated debate.
South African Defence Force troops on patrol in Alexandra, Johannesburg, following recent violence and looting.
The army may help create a more stable and secure environment in the short term, but this is unlikely to result in sustainable and lasting peace.
Looters grab items from a vandalised mall in South Africa.
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South Africa can’t possibly remain the same country in the aftermath of this mayhem. There are just too many storms ahead to simply continue unchanged.
Protesters clash with police in February in Cape Town over student funding.
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Instead of being a democratic right and legitimate form of expression, protests have increasingly been framed as threats to national security.
A T-shirt worn by a cannabis advocate during a court hearing on the legality of the plant in South Africa.
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Policy makers need to protect and promote the interests of people whose indigenous knowledge and toil developed a thriving national cannabis economy - in the face of harsh police crackdowns.
Abuses by police and the army point to the need for citizens to be involved in security and other crisis response measures
Ramaphosa’s call for a new social compact will fall on deaf ears unless there are some fundamental changes to the way in which the pandemic is being managed.
South Korea has been the quickest to bring the pandemic under control.
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It is not all democracies that struggle to deal with the coronavirus; it is those in which the people do not feel the system works for them.
Johannesburg Metropolitan Police raid a building highjacked by a criminal syndicate.
President Ramaphosa’s emphasis on fighting crime is well placed. Most categories of violent crimes have risen dramatically over the past eight years.
South African police minister Bheki Cele (left) claims success in the investigation of political killings in KwaZulu-Natal. With him is the head of the police, Khehla Sithole.
The task team established to investigate political killings in KwaZulu-Natal has had little impact on exposing those behind the violence.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, left, with his Nigerian counterpart Muhammadu Buhari in late August in Japan.
South Africa and Nigeria need to lead policy debates on long term measures to address migration in Africa.
Deploying the army in the Cape Flats constitutes nothing more than simply sticking band aid on a festering wound.
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Successes by the army and police on the Cape Flats will depend entirely on levels of cooperation established on an ad hoc basis.
Shaldene Prins is supported by a policewoman at the funeral of her husband who was killed during gang violence.
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The biggest problem with using the military to fight rime is that soldiers are not trained for law enforcement, but warfare, using maximum force.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa at the launch of a national anti-gang unit in Cape Town.
The law aimed at fighting gangs lacks the power to disrupt their activities.
Voters line up in South Africa’s last election. Their concerns are shifting.
South African voters are worried about how their country is being run. Most still support the ANC but in far fewer numbers.
A man accused of raping a seven-year old child at a restaurant in South Africa makes his first court appearance.
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Social media presents new challenges in sensitive cases but media houses must stick to the law.