SAPS beefs up its manpower with 10,000 new cops

The South African Police Service on Sunday said it was preparing to parade 10,000 newly trained police officers this week. The group of “fully-fledged constables” is reported to have successfully undergone and completed the basic police learning development programme. “The nine-month programme is a combination of theory and practice which[…]

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SAfrican families among ISIL’s newest recruits

At least 23 South African citizens have travelled to Iraq and Syria to join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group (ISIL), raising concerns of recruitment activity among the country’s sizeable Muslim community, an Al Jazeera investigation has revealed. Various sources have confirmed with Al Jazeera that at[…]

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IS preys on children from broken homes: psychologist

Psychologists face an uphill battle in trying to de-radicalize young children who have fallen victim to the influences of the Islamic State (ISIS), according to a leading doctor within the profession. The question of why teenagers have been drawn to the group’s ideologies has confounded most, especially in light of[…]

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Indonesian police arrest 5 over IS links

Indonesian police have arrested five people for allegedly helping recruit and send Muslims to Syria and Iraq to join the Islamic State group, media reports said Monday. The suspects were arrested in three separate locations around Jakarta on Sunday, the Kompas daily said, citing the police. “The arrests are the[…]

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Iraqi ambassador sticks to his guns on SA recruits

A Sunday Independent report has stoked much debate in recent days, after suggestions that 140 South Africans are currently fighting as part of the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq, and that the group is actively recruiting new fighters in the country. Sunday’s article further alleges that three South[…]

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