Mar 2024 Special edition

Making communities safer

New leadership was put in place in the South African Police Service (SAPS), Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) , National Prosecuting Authority and State Security Agency to ensure the stability, integrity and capability of these key crime-fighting bodies.

Increased police recruitment

This administration has increased numbers of police personnel, including the recruitment of:

  • 20 000 police trainees
  • an additional 4 000 public- order policing members during 2022 and 2023.

Tackling illegal mining, extortion, cable theft and vandalism

Twenty specialised SAPS Economic Infrastructure Task Teams have been established to work with business, private security and state-owned enterprises to tackle illegal mining, construction site extortion, cable theft and vandalism of economic infrastructure. By November 2023, the task teams had made over 4 000 arrests for damage of critical infrastructure, 70 arrests for extortion at construction sites and over 3 000 arrests for illegal mining, and confiscated significant quantities of copper cable, rail tracks and other metals.

Securing our borders

The Border Management Authority was launched as South Africa’s third armed force to manage and secure our borders, providing a vital link in government’s efforts to harness the benefits of the African Continental Free Trade Area. 

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