• Despite heavy rains, the SAPS managed to host a successful national athletics championship in Pretoria at the end of March 2018. Read about the events and the winners in Servamus: May 2018 from pp 52-54.

    Despite heavy rains, the SAPS managed to host a successful national athletics championship in Pretoria at the end of March 2018. Read about the events and the winners in Servamus: May 2018 from pp 52-54.

  • Part 2 of our Crime Series discussing the shocking events of how Christopher Panayiotou had his lovely wife, Jayde, killed. Read about his conviction and sentence in Servamus: May 2018 from pp 34-43.

    Part 2 of our Crime Series discussing the shocking events of how Christopher Panayiotou had his lovely wife, Jayde, killed. Read about his conviction and sentence in Servamus: May 2018 from pp 34-43.

  • On 26 March 2018, the Western Cape Department of Community Safety and the City of Cape Town recognised the top Neighbourhood Watch structures in the Cape Town Metropole for their contribution to fight crime. Read the article in Servamus: May 2018 from pp 46-49.

    On 26 March 2018, the Western Cape Department of Community Safety and the City of Cape Town recognised the top Neighbourhood Watch structures in the Cape Town Metropole for their contribution to fight crime. Read the article in Servamus: May 2018 from pp 46-49.

  • Children should be taught about road safety from an early start – but parents have an equally important responsibility to ensure that the transport their children use to school is safe and registered. Read our articles in Servamus: May 2018 from pp 56-59.

    Children should be taught about road safety from an early start – but parents have an equally important responsibility to ensure that the transport their children use to school is safe and registered. Read our articles in Servamus: May 2018 from pp 56-59.

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With an estimated 490 000 active private security officers in South Africa working in armed response, cash-in-transit and guarding, South African citizens are spending approximately R45 billion a year on private security, making South Africa's private security industry the fourth largest in the world per capita.

Stuart Clarkson, Managing Executive of Fidelity ADT, which now forms part of the larger Fidelity Security Group, says that with crime statistics remaining at unacceptable levels, the private security industry plays a pivotal role in supporting the South African Police Service. In a 2016 Stats SA Victims of Crime survey it was noted that the most feared type of crime was house robbery - so much so that 50% of households have taken physical measures to protect their homes and 11% of households employ private security services.

According to Mr Clarkson, the nature of violent crime has necessitated a significant investment in resources to protect officers who place their lives in danger almost every day. Fidelity ADT has invested more than R20 million over the last two years in bullet-resistant vehicle armour for its fleet of 740 vehicles, as well as bullet-resistant Kevlar uniforms for its reaction and security officers. "All our vehicles are now reinforced with Kevlar door inlays and clip-on ballistic protection window inserts. These additions to our vehicles provide optimal protection against small calibre munitions, most commonly used in domestic crime," he says.

The company also uses in-vehicle camera systems which record all activities inside and in front of the vehicle. This helps during criminal investigations and accidents to ensure the company has as much information available as possible to assist the SAPS, and the video footage is also used as part of the company's ongoing training of officers.

"Over the years, as technology has improved and the nature of crime has changed, it has become important for the private security industry to evolve in order to adequately protect its officers. Today Kevlar jackets and ballistic plating for our officers' uniforms and reinforced armour in our vehicles with the addition of Kevlar door inlays and ballistic glass is a non-negotiable," concludes Mr Clarkson.

Servamus -May 2018

“Ever since the incident, I’ve never felt the same and my life is not normal."
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Imagine sending your children to a school where the teachers are armed with pistols?
By Annalise Kempen
“Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.” - Doug Firebaugh.
By Annalise Kempen
Social workers found Manny in the care of a Portuguese-speaking woman who was not his mother.
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - May 2018

Read More - S V DW 2017 (1) SACR 336 (NCK)
The accused, Mr DW, appeared before the magistrates’ court (apparently in the town of Kakamas, near Upington), on a charge of housebreaking with intent to commit an offence unknown to the prosecutor*.
Read More - S V MM 2018 (1) SACR 18 (GP)
Section 7 of the Child Justice Act 75 of 2008 (“the CJA”) provides as follows: “7. Minimum age of criminal capacity
Read More - NDPP v Mr PDP and Others 2017 (2) SACR 577 (NCK)
First, Pollex was told that only a person with a valid driving licence can be the owner of a motor vehicle, except when such person pays cash for the motor vehicle concerned.

Letters - May 2018

Lt-Col V G Naidoo, a retired police officer from Durban, received an honorary membership of the SAPS Athletics Association for his invaluable contribution to the sport over a number of years.
The Special Investigations Unit of the National Council of SPCAs has been strongly supported by the West Rand K9 Unit and has been assisted by some very dedicated and passionate police officials in their endeavours to bring the perpetrators of animal cruelty to justice.
Following the excellent investigation conducted by Capt Swanepoel, Adv Marius Stander, senior state advocate, wrote the following evaluation report in recognition of Capt Swanepoel's service and in order for him to be considered for an award.
May 2018 Magazine Cover

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