• 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.

    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 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..

    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..

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After nearly two years of devotion to a case of aggravated robbery, a Westville SAPS detective secured 15 year sentences for two accused in a Pinetown court during the end of September 2017.

On an afternoon in the second week of November 2015, a community member was walking home along Roger Sishi Road in Westville. At the time we had experienced several robberies along a particular stretch of that road, targeting mainly domestic workers. The area, by its geography, is suited to common and aggravated robbery as it runs alongside the four lane M19, while the opposite was covered with dense bush into which suspects could flee. On that particular afternoon, the complainant was held up by the two accused who produced a knife and demanded his belongings. The complainant began to struggle but was quickly overpowered and the suspects fled.

They didn't get far however, as in their hurry, both were struck by a motor vehicle as they dashed into the road. One suspect was severely injured and remained lying at the scene while the second managed to get to his feet and attempted to flee. He may have made his escape if it hadn't been for a quick witted minibus taxi driver who had witnessed the incident. He got out of his taxi and pursued the suspect over the M19 freeway, caught him and duly brought him back to the scene.

Quick to respond were Const Dlamini and Const Mlungwana of Westville SAPS who placed the suspects under arrest and awaited an ambulance to stabilise them. D/Const Philani Dumakude received the case and once charged, successfully secured the denial of bail to both accused. Const Dumakude also discovered that both accused had prior convictions and he was determined to remove them, for a lengthy period, from the community.

Const Dumakude's investigation had gone well until he discovered the victim had lost his job, changed his phone number and moved away from his home in the nearby township of Claremont. His testimony was vital to the trial - Const Dumakude therefore had to direct all his energy to tracing the victim. After a long period of dedicated detective work, the victim was traced to Umzinto on the KZN south coast. Const Dumakude made it his personal mission to fetch him each day for a court appearance and take him home again.

At the announcement of the guilty verdict and 15 years sentence to each accused, Westville Station Commander, Col Z Zondi, expressed his pride in the dedication and professionalism which Const Dumakude displayed in bringing the two accused to justice. The detective himself heaped praise on the assistance of the taxi driver and his two colleagues who attended the scene for their excellent testimony. This is a fine result of a shining example in the SAPS community.

Sgt Stephen Clark
Westville SAPS

Servamus - January 2018

The late Hansie Cronjé, South Africa's former cricket captain, was a national hero until cricket's biggest match-fixing scandal destroyed him. In 2000, South Africans and cricket lovers across the world were shocked when Hansie's name was connected with being involved in match-fixing.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
A young woman struggled with her weight for years and became so ashamed of her body that she was afraid to leave her home.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
For the past couple of years South Africans have witnessed the fall of one national police commissioner after another, resulting in Pres Zuma's track record of appointing National Police Commissioners being questioned.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
It is very early on a Monday morning, 03:00 to be exact, and not much is going on at a filling station in Mankweng in Limpopo. But then, suddenly, all hell breaks loose when three vehicles pull up at the station.
By Annalise Kempen

Pollex - January 2018

Read More - unreported (CC 26/2016) [2017] Zaecpehc 53 (2 November 2017) (ECP)
The reference supra is that of the widely publicised murder trial before the Port Elizabeth High Court in which Christopher Panayiotou and Sinethemba Nemembe were convicted of the murder of the late Ms Jayde Panayiotou who was the wife of Christopher.
Read More - S V Njiva and Another 2017 (1) SACR 395 (ECM)
Section 217(1) of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 (“the CPA”) provides as follows: “217. Admissibility of confession by accused
Read More - National Commissioner of Police v Southern African Human Rights Litigation Centre and Another 2015 (1) SACR 255 (CC)
In 2007 in Harare, the Zimbabwe police raided the headquarters of the main opposition political party whereafter they detained and allegedly tortured (Afrikaans: "martel") 100 Zimbabwean nationals.

Letters - January 2018

W/O David Pillay retired at the end of November 2017 after having served the South African Police Service and various communities for more than four decades - a lifetime to some.
Over the years, numerous retired police members, usually gathering at the funeral of a former colleague, suggested the formation of an organisation where retired police members could meet regularly to rekindle friendships; form new friendships; and share memories of the past on a regular basis and in an organised manner
Servamus has published a great article on the Tracker SAPS Awards 2017 in the November issue of the magazine whereby all units and nominated members were covered for the absolutely brilliant work they do in partnership with Tracker.
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.
January 2018 Magazine Cover

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