Fact Sheet
Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
May 10, 2010

Program Goals

The Republic of South Africa is an anchor for stability and prosperity in the Southern African region. It plays a key leadership role in the region by encouraging other countries to address crime, terrorism, and immigration threats, under the umbrella of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), and the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Cooperation Organization (SARPCCO).

INL supports South Africa’s efforts at law enforcement and judicial capacity enhancement to address South Africa’s significant crime problem and will work closely with South Africa on developing criminal justice sector capacity through trainings and technical assistance on border security, forensics, and financial crimes. Improved techniques and training will enhance South African law enforcement capacity and decrease the attractiveness of South Africa as an operating environment for organized crime and terrorists.

Program Components/Accomplishments

  • Police Assistance Program: From 1996 to 2002, INL provided assistance to the South African Police Service (SAPS), covering a range of programs including anti-gang initiatives, criminal investigative training, a field officer training program, and instructor development training. In 2003, the Department of Justice International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) received funding from INL to implement a police modernization project in South Africa designed to provide assistance to the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD). An INL-funded Senior Law Enforcement Advisor (SLEA) was deployed in August 2003 to work on management, organization, and training issues. Since 2007, the SLEA has focused training and technical assistance efforts on supporting the Women’s Justice and Empowerment Initiative (WJEI), aimed at developing judicial sector capacity to investigate and prosecute sexual and gender-based crimes. The success of the WJEI program has created opportunities for larger bi-lateral law enforcement cooperation. INL will re-open an Embassy-based office in 2011 to capitalize on these expanded opportunities.

  • Criminal Justice Sector Reform: INL funded both a Resident Legal Advisor (RLA) and an Intermittent Legal Advisor (ILA) to conduct training seminars for both prosecutors and investigators on financial crimes and money laundering, procedures to be used in preparing the cases, and provided hands-on mentoring for prosecutors developing financial crime cases.

Funding FY 2008-2010

  • FY 2004 - $1,770,000 (INCLE)
  • FY 2005 - $1,756,000 (INCLE)
  • FY 2006 - $594,000 (INCLE)
  • FY 2007 - $500,000 (INCLE)
  • FY 2008 - $0 (INCLE)
  • FY 2009 - $0 (INCLE)
  • FY 2010 - $0 (INCLE)

INCLE: International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement Funds