• We are increasingly paying more attention to the damaging impact that environmental crime has on the environment and ecosystems, peace, security and development. Read the article in Servamus: September 2017 from pp 10 – 13.

    We are increasingly paying more attention to the damaging impact that environmental crime has on the environment and ecosystems, peace, security and development. Read the article in Servamus: September 2017 from pp 10 – 13.

  • Ever thought about the security risks associated with the illegal dumping of medical waste on dump sites in South Africa? We tell you more about prosecution and minimising the risk of cross-contamination. Read the article in Servamus: September 2017 from pp 34-35.

    Ever thought about the security risks associated with the illegal dumping of medical waste on dump sites in South Africa? We tell you more about prosecution and minimising the risk of cross-contamination. Read the article in Servamus: September 2017 from pp 34-35.

  • Did you know that there was a link between pollution and crime? We didn’t, until we researched the topic and found that exposure to toxic substances (including lead) was higher among violent criminals. Interesting! Read the article in Servamus: September 2017 from pp 31 – 33.

    Did you know that there was a link between pollution and crime? We didn’t, until we researched the topic and found that exposure to toxic substances (including lead) was higher among violent criminals. Interesting! Read the article in Servamus: September 2017 from pp 31 – 33.

  • Following a spate of criminal incidents around the OR Tambo International Airport, the Minister of Police unveiled the integrated multi-disciplinary tactical security plan for this national key point. Read the article in Servamus: September 2017 from pp 50-51.

    Following a spate of criminal incidents around the OR Tambo International Airport, the Minister of Police unveiled the integrated multi-disciplinary tactical security plan for this national key point. Read the article in Servamus: September 2017 from pp 50-51.

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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.

Servamus - September 2017

In June 2017, two Chinese nationals were removed from an Istanbul-bound plane just before take-off at OR Tambo International Airport in Gauteng.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Elephants are hunted for their ivory and rhinos for their horns. Pangolins, lions and leopards are killed for the muti trade.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
It is a hot, peaceful summer's day in Africa. A herd of elephants is peacefully feeding on small bushes and trees on one of the plains while the persistent and deafening drone of the cicadas pulses through the air.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
When we throw something into the garbage bin, we seldom think about its destination. All the discarded plastic bags, broken cellphones and televisions, used batteries and bulbs, glass bottles and old stoves contribute in some way to environmental pollution.
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - September 2017

Read More - Director of Public Prosecutions, Western Cape v Parker 2015 (2) SACR 109 (SCA)
Step-in-Time Supermarket CC*, a registered Value-Added Tax (VAT) vendor (Afrikaans: “ondernemer”), and Mr Parker, its sole representative, were charged in the regional court in Bellville in the Cape Peninsula on a number of counts under the Income Tax Act 58 of 1962 and the Value-Added Tax Act 89 of 1991 (the VAT Act) respectively.
Read More - S V Mandlozi 2015 (2) SACR 258 (FB)
Ms Lindiwe Mandlozi, also known as Leopoldina Maconze (hereinafter referred to as the accused), was convicted before the regional court in Kroonstad in the Free State (the trial court) of contravention of section 5(b) of the Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act 140 of 1992, read together with certain specified provisions thereof.
Read More - S V Mukuyu 2017 (2) SACR 27 (GJ)
Section 51(2)(a)(i) of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 105 of 1997 (“Act 105 of 1997”) provides as follows: “51. Discretionary minimum sentences for certain serious offences
In a publication unrelated to Servamus, Pollex recently remarked as follows as far as Act 60 of 2000 is concerned:

Letters - September 2017

Two former police officers, viz Capt Saravanan Govender and Raju Ellapen, were honoured, appreciated and recognised for the enormous contributions and life-changing experiences they imparted into the lives of thousands of Indian policemen and -women at both the Wentworth and Chatsworth Indian Police Colleges.
The SAPS does not always get a good rap so I would like to commend your members on the dealings we had with them.
The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) would like to express our gratitude to members of Ladysmith and QwaQwa SAPS for their assistance with a donkey case recently handled by the NSPCA.
On Saturday 15 July 2017, at around 19:00, I was off duty and took my family to pick up a few things from a café in Swartruggens near the N4, using my private vehicle.
I’m extremely thankful to W/O Van Graan and his two colleagues, W/O Bothma and Sgt Manus from K9 Breede River Worcester, for “saving my life” following an incident on 4 July 2017.
September 2017 Magazine Cover

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