Remember the bomb technician’s motto: “I am a bomb technician, if you see me running, try and keep up!” – In the January 2018 issue of Servamus we share the realities faced by bomb technicians and tell you what it takes to become one.
In our Community Safety Tips of Servamus: January 2018, we deal with medicine, false advertising, quacks & our health and help you distinguish between facts and fictions in terms of medicine.
In the second part of our short series of “Putting school bullies in their place” – Legally published in Servamus: January 2018, we guide readers you step by step on how to obtain a Harassment Act protection order and the accompanying warrant of arrest..
While participating in the SAPS National Half-marathon held in Rustenburg during October 2017, I decided that I wanted to run all the marathon races in the Bay during 2018.
I ran a very tough 21.1 km, and managed to get a medal. I noticed that it is very important go to any race well-prepared - therefore the National Championships event was an eye-opener for me.
On Wednesday 1 November 2017, at approximately 10:00, Capt B R Simpson and Const T E Ntuli from the FLASH Unit at SAPS Emanguzi were travelling along the R22 main road (Engozeni area) towards the Farazela Port of Entry at the Mozambican border. They noticed a delivery truck about to enter the R22 from a gravel road. They stopped the truck and asked the driver where he had come from. The driver said he was delivering goods for Boxer Store.
The members said that there is no Boxer Store in the area from where the truck came. They then asked the driver whether they may search the back of the truck and the driver gave permission. When the back of the truck was opened, the members could only see pallets packed up against the door of the truck. On closer inspection, Const Ntuli saw bales in the back of the truck. The driver was asked about the bales and he replied that he was asked by two ladies to transport the goods to Durban. The driver was then asked to follow the police to Emanguzi Police Station for a closer inspection of the goods. At the station, the truck was found to be carrying 73 bales of counterfeit goods consisting of clothing, shoes, flipflops, etc.
South African communities are faced with various crimes and it has been a challenge to every citizen to play a role in bringing all perpetrators to justice by working hand-in-hand with the South African Police Service. However this may lead to communities taking matters into their own hands not knowing that they are also committing a crime that can land them behind bars.
Earlier this year, a 56-year-old male security officer at Sterkspruit's Methodist church was stabbed to death during a robbery at Mokhesi village in Sterkspruit. The old man was on his way home following his 12 hour night shift duties at around 05:00 when he was allegedly approached by a well-known male suspect who demanded money and a cellphone from the deceased. According to an eyewitness, the victim, who had a wooden stick on his possession, refused to be searched by the suspect. The suspect became agitated and took out an Okapi knife and struck the deceased's arm.
Members of the social crime prevention office of Emanguzi SAPS have been working hard to bring awareness to the local communities in an effort to protect the most vulnerable and youngest members in our communities.
On 3 November 2017, the team, led by Capt Z S Mathenjwa and together with Const M S Mathenjwa, the traditional leader (induna), the ward councillor Lucky Tembe and the CPF Chairperson, Sbonakaliso Gumede, visited the George area.