• The reality of prisons for many inmates is far from hoping to be rehabilitated. Instead, the reality is one of trying to protect oneself from the violence perpetrated on the inside. Read our article about the shocking reality of prison violence in the August 2017 issue of Servamus.

    The reality of prisons for many inmates is far from hoping to be rehabilitated. Instead, the reality is one of trying to protect oneself from the violence perpetrated on the inside. Read our article about the shocking reality of prison violence in the August 2017 issue of Servamus.

  • Some people seem to choose a life of violent crime. We ask whether it is due to an antisocial personality disorder or genes or whether other factors are at play. Read this interesting article in the August 2017 issue of Servamus.

    Some people seem to choose a life of violent crime. We ask whether it is due to an antisocial personality disorder or genes or whether other factors are at play. Read this interesting article in the August 2017 issue of Servamus.

  • Commercial crime is often regarded as “not so serious”. We prove the opposite in an article featured in the August 2017 issue of Servamus by giving a South African perspective to this very serious crime and the impact it has on the community and economy.

    Commercial crime is often regarded as “not so serious”. We prove the opposite in an article featured in the August 2017 issue of Servamus by giving a South African perspective to this very serious crime and the impact it has on the community and economy.

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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 - August 2017

Asanda Baninzi and Wox Mthuthuzeli Nombewu hijacked a sergeant based at the Langebaan Airforce Base and his girlfriend, then drove them to the Mawumawu area in Nyanga.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Who will be the next National Commissioner of the SAPS? That is the question on many concerned South Africans' lips - especially those of police members, researchers and the SAPS's partners in the fight against crime.
By Annalise Kempen
Normal, healthy people seldom dream about death. They do not see crime scenes and dead people when they close their eyes.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
For a period of 11 years the serial rapist and murderer, Jimmy Maketta, terrorised communities in the Philippi area near Cape Town.
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - August 2017

Read More - S v Parkins 2017 (1) SACR 235 (WCC)
Bradley Parkins (“the accused”) was convicted in the regional court sitting at Wynberg in the Cape Peninsula (“the trial court”) on the following six charges:
Read More - S v Mabitle 2017 (1) SACR 325 (NWM) and S v Monye and Another 2017 (1) SACR 329 (SCA)
In Ask Pollex in Servamus: August 2015, Pollex referred to a number of reported cases in respect of “contract killings”.
Read More In Servamus: June 2017, Pollex discussed the case of S v Hewitt 2017 (1) SACR 309 (SCA) (“the Hewitt case”). (The case involved the retired, world-renowned champion tennis player and instructor, Bob Hewitt.)
The Hewitt case was about three female complainants of whom two were raped and one was sexually assaulted (this offence was known as indecent assault at the time).
This month sees the last of our series of unlawful arrest and detention cases.

Letters - August 2017

Read More - An update (Servamus: December 2016
The telephone rings sharply in the charge office of Kliptown Police Station. The sergeant on duty looks up at the old clock hanging above the fireplace.
From 13 to 16 June 2017, members of the South African Police Service embarked on a trip to Mossel Bay for the Inter Provincial Soccer Championship, which was held at the D'Almeida sports ground.
Fathers’ Day was celebrated this year on 18 June, and I decided to run a special project under Social Crime Prevention for the fathers at Westville SAPS, with the wonderful support of some very gracious sponsors.
August 2017 Magazine Cover

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