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GBV murder cop should be denied bail

Action Society opposes the bail application of Piketberg police officer, Richard “Makka” Smit who allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend, Natasha Booise, on Sunday, 2 January 2022. “The seriousness of this crime questions the credibility of the South African Police Services (SAPS) recruitment process. We are continually faced with SAPS

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SAPS members neglected by Cele adding to rise in GBV cases

While many celebrate the start of 2022, two families in the Western Cape are in a traumatic state following the murders of their children  ̶  by their partners  ̶  over the past weekend. “Natasha Booise’s murder in Piketberg in the Western Cape this weekend seems to be yet another senseless

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Rape case leaves trust in SAPS lingering

Action Society opposes the bail application of the South African Police Service (SAPS) official who allegedly raped a 29-year-old man from Gugulethu on Thursday, December 2.  The 31-year-old SAPS official appeared at the Wynberg Magistrate Court on Tuesday, after being arrested on Sunday, December 5 on charges of rape assault

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How can clueless Sitole protect women and children?

National police commissioner Khehla Sitole appeared clueless during his testimony at the SA Human Rights Commission hearing into the July unrest on Tuesday, when he could not recall the number of people who died in Phoenix. He also conceded that he did not have a National Diploma in Policing –

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Crime stats paint a grim picture of fight against GBVF

The crime statistics for July – September 2021, which was announced by the South African Police Services (SAPS) today paint a grim picture for victims of gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF) in South Africa. “From the figures released today, it is clear that the South African Police Services are not

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SAPS decay continues

A total of 10 689 civil claims were instituted against the South African Police Services (SAPS) in the past financial year amounting to a staggering R16,7 billion.  This and other shocking figures were discussed at a meeting of the Portfolio Committee on Police on Tuesday 9 November. “The dismal financial

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Violent criminals to submit a DNA sample from 31 January 2022

Action Society is elated about the recent correspondence received from the civilian secretariat of Police, confirming that Section 36D (1) of of the Criminal Procedure Act (Forensics Procedure Act) will be implemented from 31 January 2022. This is a matter the civil rights organisation has been actively advocating for and

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SAPS
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Urgent prosecution of Police Commissioner is of national interest

Action Society welcomes the Supreme Court of Appeal judgement upholding the suspension of National Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole. Sitole received a letter of suspension from President Cyril Ramaphosa last month. The notice came in light of the High Court decision in January which found that Sitole and two of his lieutenants

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10 000 cops charged for serious crimes ̶ only 50 suspended

A total of 10 086 South African Police Service (SAPS) members have been charged for serious criminal offences between 2013 and 2021. These offenses include: murder, rape and assault with the intent to commit grievous bodily harm. Only 50 of these, more than 10 000 members, have been formally suspended

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