• Servamus interviewed a few former police members to find out about their “lives after the police” and a community member who joins the fight against crime – especially environmental crime. Read their stories from pp 20-26 in Servamus: November 2017.

    Servamus interviewed a few former police members to find out about their “lives after the police” and a community member who joins the fight against crime – especially environmental crime. Read their stories from pp 20-26 in Servamus: November 2017.

  • With the latest crime statistics being released at the end of October, it sketches a less positive picture. We look at alternative ways in which citizens choose to protect themselves. Read the article from pp 14-19 in Servamus: November 2017.

    With the latest crime statistics being released at the end of October, it sketches a less positive picture. We look at alternative ways in which citizens choose to protect themselves. Read the article from pp 14-19 in Servamus: November 2017.

  • It is always a privilege to participate in awards ceremonies where excellent police work is recognised. Thanks to Trackers individual police members and units have been awarded for their fight against vehicle crime for the 18th time! Read the article from pp 46-49 in Servamus: November 2017.

    It is always a privilege to participate in awards ceremonies where excellent police work is recognised. Thanks to Trackers individual police members and units have been awarded for their fight against vehicle crime for the 18th time! Read the article from pp 46-49 in Servamus: November 2017.

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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 - November 2017

Police members who are passionate about making a difference warm my heart.
By Annalise Kempen
Almost 200 years ago, in 1829, the world's first police force was created by Sir Robert Peel.
By Annalise Kempen
In October 2000, a police official was seriously injured when he foiled a bank robbery in the Bedfordview centre near Johannesburg after two men robbed the Standard Bank of a large amount of cash.
By Annalise Kempen
During the first weekend of October 2017, there was a huge outcry on social media following the spreading of a video showing an incident at a supermarket in Gauteng where security officers assaulted a woman while her crying three-year-old toddler bore witness to her mother's ordeal.
By Annalise Kempen

Pollex - November 2017

Section 165 of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 (“the CPA”) provides as follows:
Read More - S V Sebofi 2015 (2) SACR 179 (GJ)
Mr Sebofi (the accused) was convicted on two counts of rape by the regional court in Roodepoort (the trial court), and sentenced to life incarceration.
In the case of Jordaan and Others v City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality and Others [2017] ZACC 31 (CC), a full bench of 11 judges of our Constitutional Court unanimously declared that, on transfer of property, a new owner is NOT liable for debts (Afrikaans: "skuld") arising BEFORE transfer of the property under section 118(3) of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act 32 of 2000.
Read More - Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Gauteng v MG 2017 (2) SACR 132 (SCA)
Background Section 57(1) of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act 32 of 2007 provides as follows:
In Servamus: June 2015 Pollex briefly referred to two Draft White Papers* that had appeared on 3 March 2015 and on which the public were asked to comment.

Letters - November 2017

Recently, former officers of the SAPS from Pietermaritzburg were invited by officers from Durban to meet at the Japanese Gardens, Durban North, to get to know each other.
Police members from Napier Police Station were busy with crime prevention duties in Sarel Cilliers Street in Napier when a white Nissan Tida, driving at a high speed, passed them around 23:00 on 11 October 2017.
After nearly two years of devotion to a case of aggravated robbery, a Westville SAPS detective secured 15 yearsentences for two accused in a Pinetown court during the end of September 2017.
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Servamus is a community-based safety and security magazine for both members of the community as well as safety and security practitioners with the aim of increasing knowledge and sharing information, dedicated to improving their expertise, professionalism and service delivery standards. It promotes sound crime management practices, freedom of speech, education, training, information sharing and a networking platform.