Each year we pay tribute to the heroes in blue who have paid the highest price. This year was no exception. We tell you a short story about each of these latest heroes – refer to our article published from p 32 in the October 2017 issue of Servamus.
The weather has caused havoc in large parts of the world in recent times – resulting a huge loss of lives. Ever thought about how you would react during a disaster? Read our article published from p 14 in the October 2017 issue of Servamus.
When a disaster strikes, the affected community is dependent on men and women who are willing to leave everything at home to search for survivors and treat the injured. Such are the men and women from Rescue SA – we tell you more about these heroes in our article published from p 22 in the October 2017 issue of Servamus.
I am flattered by your quick response to my e-mail and words will never describe my appreciation for your assistance. Thank you very, very much for your professional assistance. Servamus is another source I could use for my studies and it is much appreciated since I’m staying in Postmasburg which makes library access very difficult.
Baie dankie vir die plasing van ons reünie-berig in Servamus: Mei 2017. U sal nie weet watter chaos dit afgegee het op ons WhatsApp-groep nadat dit rigbaar geword het nie. Almal wil weet wat in die artikel staan en waar hulle ‘n afskrif kan kry.
Nogtans baie dankie, namens Peloton 5 van 1973.
In the article entitled “When power is abused” as published in Servamus: June 2017 from page 22-25, a photo depicting an Ekurhuleni Metro Police member was published.
Unfortunately, the fact that the photo published on p 22 was a stock photo which was posed, was omitted which created the impression that the police official who featured in this photo was involved in the abuse of power, which was not at all the case. This was not at all intentional and we sincerely apologise for the omission. We have also been informed that this police official has since been killed in the line of duty and we therefore want to offer our sincere condolences to his colleagues and family. Again, Servamus regrets the error.
I’m a retired policeman and have realised that many community members have very little knowledge about the law and criminal processes. I’m looking for the book Criminology and Criminal Procedures which I want to use to teach my local community the basic principles of the law and how criminal processes work. I would appreciate it if anyone who has a copy of this book and who no longer needs it, can contact me.
Capt (ret) Joseph Fundama; Cell: 072 184 6985
“Will reinstating the death penalty solve South Africa’s high crime rate?”
In response to the article regarding the death penalty, Servamus received the following thought-provoking article on this topic, which was originally published by the author, Sgt Stephen Clark (acting in his personal capacity) on his C-3 Community Crime Cooperative Facebook page (in August 2013). It has been updated and edited. Ed.
Everyone who has read any part of literature about, let alone lived through the period of "Apartheid" can tell you about the restrictions on the media when reporting about crime. My father was a journalist from the mid-60s until the mid-70s and I can still recall stories where he attended a crime scene and was warned by the SAP not to report on it. My mother who worked at Stannic on Smith Street was caught up in an armed robbery around that time. Barely a line was printed in the daily newspapers. We simply didn't hear about crime because it wasn't reported on, and we didn't have the numerous communication devices we have now to “share” every incident. Many laws had an influence on crime: Pass laws, influx control. Certain members of our population were simply not allowed to be in one place or another. Criminals existed and certainly did operate. A thread I am going to explore is whether we want that level of law back. Everything in this world is linked - you can't have one and not the other.