South Africa

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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...
05 December 2013

INTERPOL mourns Nelson Mandela

LYON, France – INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble has expressed his ‘profound sympathy’ to the people of South Africa on behalf of the international law enforcement community after the country’s authorities announced that Nelson Mandela had passed away.Regarded by many as the father of his nation for leading the struggle against apartheid, Nelson...
29 November 2013

Ivory and illegal timber seized in INTERPOL-coordinated operation across Africa

LYON, France – More than 240 kg of elephant ivory and 856 timber logs have been seized and 660 people arrested during an INTERPOL-coordinated operation combating ivory trafficking and illegal logging across Southern and Eastern Africa.As part of INTERPOL’s Project Wisdom and Project Leaf, the operation jointly targeted ivory smuggling and illegal logging,...
27 September 2013

Fakes worth more than USD 1.2 million seized in INTERPOL-led operations across Southern Africa

LYON, France – A series of raids coordinated by INTERPOL across Southern Africa targeting counterfeit and illicitly traded goods has led to the seizure of thousands of fake products and the closure of an industrial-scale plant manufacturing fake sportswear.Thousands of counterfeit products ranging from toys, chargers, shavers and cigarettes to pirated CDs...
11 July 2013

Responding to fisheries crime in Southern and Eastern Africa focus of INTERPOL meeting

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – The strategic use of INTERPOL’s global tools and services was the focus of the 2nd Regional Consultation on Fisheries Crime, targeting Southern and Eastern Africa.Organized under the auspices of INTERPOL’s Project Scale and in close collaboration with the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), rep...
19 June 2012

INTERPOL’s largest operation combating illegal ivory trafficking targets criminal syndicates

LYON, France – INTERPOL’s largest ever transnational operation targeting criminal organizations behind the illegal trafficking of ivory has resulted in more than 200 arrests and the seizure of nearly two tonnes of contraband elephant ivory.The three-month long Operation Worthy, which involved 14 countries across Eastern, Southern and Western Africa also r...
29 August 2011

INTERPOL-supported training aims to curb wildlife trafficking across Southern Africa

GABORONE, Botswana – Law enforcement officers from eleven southern African countries have completed an intensive six-day training course on wildlife law enforcement organized by INTERPOL, designed by Environment Canada and primarily funded by IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare).The six-day workshop (22-27 August) was designed to improve gove...
13 July 2010

2010 FIFA World Cup a security success for host South Africa confirms INTERPOL

LYON, France – With the completion of the 2010 FIFA World Cup which saw South Africa hosting more than one million visitors without any major incident, INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble attested to the success of the government of South Africa's collaborative efforts with INTERPOL and international law enforcement to ensure the safety o...
09 July 2010

INTERPOL – At the centre of security for the 2010 FIFA World Cup

As one phone crashes down in the Uruguay police booth at South Africa’s International Police Co-ordination Centre (IPCC) in Pretoria, another is snatched up in the nearby INTERPOL booth where staff launch into animated dialogue with colleagues at the INTERPOL Regional Bureau in Harare about two illegal immigration suspects who have just been detained on t...
18 May 2010

Illegal ivory and rhino horn trade target of INTERPOL co-ordinated operation across southern Africa

A transnational operation co-ordinated by INTERPOL targeting wildlife crime across southern Africa has resulted in the location and closure of an illegal ivory factory, the seizure of nearly 400 kilos of ivory and rhino horn with a market value of more than one million dollars, as well as the arrest of 41 people.The two-day operation (13-14 May), codename...
05 March 2010

INTERPOL co-ordinated operation targets illegal trade in wildlife medical products

LYON, France - An international operation co-ordinated by INTERPOL targeting the illegal trade in traditional medicines containing protected wildlife products has resulted in a series of arrests worldwide and the seizure of thousands of illegal medicines worth more than EUR 10 million.National wildlife enforcement authorities, police, customs and speciali...
19 November 2009

International operation combats online supply of counterfeit and illegal medicines

An international week of action targeting the online sale of counterfeit and illicit medicines has resulted in a series of arrests and the seizure of thousands of potentially harmful medical products.In response to an ever-increasing number of websites supplying dangerous and illegal medicines, Operation Pangea II involving 24 countries was co-ordinated b...
10 July 2009

Man arrested after INTERPOL database detects passport stolen eight years ago

LYON, France – A man attempting to enter South Africa was arrested at Johannesburg airport after a check against INTERPOL’s databases revealed that he was travelling on a blank passport stolen in Pakistan eight years ago.The document was one of a batch of 2,000 stolen from a regional office in Abbottabad in December 2001 and registered in INTERPOL’s globa...
16 June 2009

South African fugitive who boasted of evading INTERPOL arrested in Belarus

LYON, France – A South African man subject of an INTERPOL Red Notices for sex crimes against children - who boasted he would never be caught - has been arrested in Belarus following an attempted bank robbery.Former Pretoria advocate, George ‘Dirk’ Prinsloo became the subject of an INTERPOL Red Notice, or international wanted persons’ notice after he fled...
06 April 2007

South African police join international security effort at Cricket World Cup

A team of South Africa police officers from the elite special task force and national intervention unit is heading to the Caribbean as part of international security efforts surrounding the Cricket World Cup.The 77-strong South African Police Service (SAPS) group, due to arrive in the Caribbean on 9 April, will be the latest addition to a number of intern...

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All Missing persons

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