• Bullying is a serious issue in schools. We remind about the relevant legislation and definitions in the first of three articles about dealing with school bullies. Read this article in the December 2017 issue of Servamus.

    Bullying is a serious issue in schools. We remind about the relevant legislation and definitions in the first of three articles about dealing with school bullies. Read this article in the December 2017 issue of Servamus.

  • The SAPS is adamant that they want to deal with police members who lead double lives and are susceptible to corrupt activities. All SAPS employees should read this article in the December 2017 issue of Servamus about what it being done to root out corruption.

    The SAPS is adamant that they want to deal with police members who lead double lives and are susceptible to corrupt activities. All SAPS employees should read this article in the December 2017 issue of Servamus about what it being done to root out corruption.

  • Are you a sucker for #FakeNews? We share valuable tips how to distinguish between the good, the bad and the ugly in the December 2017 issue of Servamus.

    Are you a sucker for #FakeNews? We share valuable tips how to distinguish between the good, the bad and the ugly in the December 2017 issue of Servamus.

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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 - December 2017

A Free State farmer responded to an OLX advert from someone selling animal feed. "I wanted to buy cattle feed, so I deposited the R21 000 immediately after I verified the seller's banking details," he said.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
During mid-October 2017, social media was awash with the news that approximately 30 million South Africans' personal information had been hacked.
By Annalise Kempen
There is no positive light in which to paint the latest crime statistics released by the Minister of Police, Fikile Mbalula, on 24 October 2017.
By Annalise Kempen
Ben is a 14-year-old teenage boy who comes across the online game the Blue Whale. While playing this game, he has to complete one challenge after another.
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - December 2017

Years ago, when General Motors “was still a sergeant”, the police’s motto was “Servamus et Servimus”, meaning “we protect and we serve”.
Read More - S V Phillips 2017 (1) SACR 373 (SCA)
Background Section 4(1) of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act 12 of 2004 (hereinafter referred to as Act 12 of 2004) provides as follows:
Read More - S V Setlholo 2017 (1) SACR 544 (NCK)
In this case the accused was, at the time of committing the two offences concerned, a constable in the SAPS.

Letters - December 2017

While participating in the SAPS National Half-marathon held in Rustenburg during October 2017, I decided that I wanted to run all the marathon races in the Bay during 2018.
On Wednesday 1 November 2017, at approximately 10:00, Capt B R Simpson and Const T E Ntuli from the FLASH Unit at SAPS Emanguzi were travelling along the R22 main road (Engozeni area) towards the Farazela Port of Entry at the Mozambican border.
South African communities are faced with various crimes and it has been a challenge to every citizen to play a role in bringing all perpetrators to justice by working hand-in-hand with the South African Police Service.
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.
December 2017 Magazine Cover

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