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The International Crime in Africa Programme (ICAP) forms part of of the Transnational Threats and International Crime (TTIC) Division of the Institute for Security Studies, that aims to combat transnational threats and international crimes by enhancing the ability of African inter-governmental organisations, national governments and civil society to respond more effectively and appropriately to transnational threats and international crimes.

ICAP  contributes to the prevention and combating of terrorism and related complex crimes in East and West Africa by strengthening law enforcement and criminal justice capacities of requesting states to effectively and appropriately detect, investigate and prosecute such crime domestically, including through enhanced regional and international law enforcement and criminal justice cooperation.

The International Crime in Africa Programme (ICAP) at the Institute for Security Studies, which has substantial experience in such capacity-building activities builds on its existing partnerships with the East African Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (EAPCCO), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and national governments to implement comprehensive regional and national counter-terrorism training programmes for senior law enforcement and other criminal justice officials.

These training programmes are supported by ongoing updating, development and dissemination of training support materials, as well as sharing lessons from practice in regional and international meetings. These activities result in increased capacity, amongst investigators and prosecutors to investigate and prosecute terrorism cases.

CT Africa is one of the vehicles used to further enhance and facilitate this commitment.


Anneli Botha has been a senior researcher at the ISS in Pretoria since 2003. After completing an honours degree in international politics she joined the South African Police Service’s Crime Intelligence Unit in 1993, focusing, among other things, on terrorism and religious extremism. She has a master’s degree in political studies from the University of Johannesburg and a PhD from the University of the Free State. Her specific areas of interest are counter-terrorism strategies and the underlying causes of terrorism and radicalisation.

Email: abotha@issafrica.org

Willem Els joined the ISS in May 2013 and is a senior training coordinator in the Transnational Threats and International crime division in Pretoria. Before joining the ISS he was the Commander of the Pretoria Explosives Unit of the South African Police Service (SAPS). Willem’s fields of interest are explosives, bomb disposal, first responder, crime scene management, counter-terrorism, training, and mentorship. He joined the SAPS in 1984 and served in various units including the Guard Unit, Anti Hijack Unit, Crime Intelligence Service and Explosives Unit, where he was responsible for the development and delivery of various bomb disposal courses for the Explosives Unit, K9 unit, VIP unit, and Special Task Force. Willem has completed various bomb disposal and investigation courses in South Africa and abroad.

Email: wels@issafrica.org

Raeesah Cassim Cachalia joined the ISS in Pretoria as part of the Transnational Threats and International Crime Division in June 2014. She previously worked with Consultancy Africa Intelligence, first as an intern and later as a consultant for the organisation’s Conflict and Terrorism division. In 2013, Raeesah worked at the Civilian Secretariat for Police as part of the Research and Policy Unit. She has published on a range of issues including conflict, terrorism, human rights and gender issues in Africa and the Middle East. Raeesah has an LLB from the University of Pretoria and a BA (International Relations).

Email: rcachalia@issafrica.org