South Africa

  • INTERPOL Pretoria
  • Member since :
    29 September 1993
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South Africa


Law enforcement services in South Africa are the responsibility of the Ministry of Police.  The National Police Commissioner answers directly to the Minister of Police. 

South African Police Service

The South African Police Service (SAPS) is the principal law enforcement body for South Africa, and is responsible for investigating crime and maintaining safety and security throughout the country.  Some municipalities, such as Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and Pretoria, have their own local police units, tasked mainly with road security and local law enforcement.

SAPS headquarters structure:

  • Visible Policing Division;
  • Protection and Security Services;
  • Criminal Intelligence;
  • Detective Services;
  • Criminal Record and Forensic Science Services;
  • Directorate for Priority Crimes Investigation.

INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) for South Africa

INTERPOL Pretoria is part of the SAPS Corporate Communications Department which reports directly to the National Commissioner.  It includes more than 20 liaison officers posted abroad. 

The role of INTERPOL Pretoria is to assist SAPS in preventing, fighting and investigating global crime and in bringing fugitives to justice.   It is the exclusive platform for any SAPS investigation requiring international outreach, or for any international investigation requiring police cooperation from SAPS.   

INTERPOL Pretoria works closely with the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Co-operation Organisation (SARPCCO), the South African Development Economic Community (SADEC) and the African Union (AU).

INTERPOL Pretoria processes extradition requests, stolen vehicle enquiries and drug and fraud offences, and provides assistance to SAPS and INTERPOL member countries in cases relating to missing persons, child abuse and illegal immigration.

NCB Structure:

  • Commercial Crime;
  • Development and Training;
  • Distribution and Operational Technical Support;
  • Drugs and Organized Crime;
  • Economic Crime;
  • Extraditions;
  • Fraud;
  • General Crime;
  • Intelligence;
  • Marketing;
  • Operations;
  • Vehicle Crime.
INTERPOL Pretoria in action
02 March 2017

Anti-wildlife trafficking operation results in global arrests and seizures

LYON, France – A global operation tackling the illegal trade in wildlife and timber has resulted in the identification of nearly 900 suspects and 1,300 seizures of illicit products worth an estimated USD 5.1 million.The results, announced ahead of World Wildlife Day (3 March), mark INTERPOL’s ongoing commitment to supporting its 190 member countries in co...
12 July 2016

1,500 police in operation targeting crime networks across Eastern and Southern Africa

KENYA/ZIMBABWE - An operation across Eastern and Southern Africa targeting transnational crimes including human, drug and arms trafficking, people smuggling, terrorism, car theft and environmental crime has resulted in nearly 4,500 arrests.To address the wide-ranging yet often interlinked types of crime across the region, some 1,500 officers were deployed...
09 June 2016

Online sale of fake medicines and products targeted in INTERPOL operation

LYON, France - Fake cancer medication, substandard HIV and diabetes testing kits, counterfeit dental equipment and illicit surgical equipment – just a snapshot of the potentially life-threatening drugs and goods seized during INTERPOL’s Operation Pangea IX.Targeting the illicit online sale of medicines and medical devices and involving some 193 police, cu...
22 January 2014

South Africa requests INTERPOL Notices for vessels suspected of illegal fishing and crew abuse

LYON, France – South Africa has requested INTERPOL Purple Notices in order to locate two vessels whose operators are suspected of illegal fishing and of subjecting their crews to labour and human rights abuses.The two fishing vessels, Samudera Pasific No 8 and Berkat Menjala No 23, were among a fleet of 10 arrested by the South African Department of Agric...

Red Notices 5

Age today: 46 years old
Nationality: India


Age today: 34 years old
Nationality: Cameroon


All wanted persons

Yellow Notices 159

Age today: 36 years old
Nationality: South africa


Age today: 68 years old
Nationality: South africa


All Missing persons

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