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Police brutality is government policy

For 20 years ministers in charge of the police have been telling them to beat up or kill criminals

Police torture continues

Allegations of torture highlights the importance of the new national preventive mechanism and the need for independent custody monitoring

Anni Dewani murder accused’s torture claim dismissed

The Independent Complaints Directorate has dismissed Anni Dewani murder accused's claims that he was assaulted or tortured while in police custody.

Help, the cops are coming!

South Africa's men and women in blue have been behaving like violent criminals and there is a rot developing within our policing bodies.

Charging of Hawks ‘a breakthrough’

Justice is on the horizon as 12 Hawks members are charged with the torture, assault and murder of Sidwell Mkwambi, three years after his death.

Over 50 cases pending against KZN police unit

The Independent Complaints Directorate is investigating 51 cases against the disbanded Durban Organised Crime unit over death squad allegations.

Rape cases mothballed in Paarl

Widespread allegations of manipulated crime statistics have risen in Paarl but the police officers responsible will probably get away with it.

Cellphone footage shows suspected police brutality

The ICD will investigate a case of police brutality in Vaalwater, Limpopo after cellphone footage of an officer assaulting a suspect surfaced.

Bully cops beware: Police watchdog gets a new set of teeth

The independent police watchdog is getting a new name and greater powers to hold unruly, heavy handed and criminal policemen to account.

Protector’s cash hopes

The public protector is awaiting word from Justice Minister Jeff Radebe over whether they will be allocated more funds as opposed to last year.

Student constable arrested for Soweto teen’s murder

The Independent Complaints Directorate has confirmed the arrest of a student constable accused of killing a teenage boy in Soweto.

Mthethwa: No space for ‘tsotsi-cops’

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has called for a speedy investigation into the alleged shooting of a Soweto teenager by a police officer.

Death in custody raises alarm

Suspicion surrounds the circumstances that led to a man under arrest dying in hospital.

Shabangu ‘misleads’ public works

The lease for the ICD building was signed by Roux Shabangu, even though the building was owned by his former partner, Japie van Niekerk.

Concerted campaign to keep police lease

Property tycoon Roux Shabangu has joined other voices in a public effort to validate the deal.

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VBS case delays cause massive frustration

A certificate is needed from the head of the NPA for more arrests to be made

Sounding the alarm on shack fire losses

A tech solution to fires in informal settlements comes with insurance that pays out the victims of these blazes

How smuggled gold destined for Dubai or Singapore has links to France and Mali

Three Malagasy citizens were apprehended at OR Tambo International airport, but now the trail is found to connect to France and Mali

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