• It is impossible to understand how parents can physically abuse and neglect their own children, and yet it happens. We remind our readers about what child abuse entails in a comprehensive article published in Servamus: May 2020.

    It is impossible to understand how parents can physically abuse and neglect their own children, and yet it happens. We remind our readers about what child abuse entails in a comprehensive article published in Servamus: May 2020.

  • The Springs Monster case is probably one of the worst child abuse cases in recent years. We bring you the first part of this crime series in the May 2020 issue of Servamus. A shocking, must-read for all.

    The Springs Monster case is probably one of the worst child abuse cases in recent years. We bring you the first part of this crime series in the May 2020 issue of Servamus. A shocking, must-read for all.

  • Bullying and cyberbullying are realities for children across the world. We explain the details of both types in detail and what could be done to identify and prevent it. Be informed and read both articles in Servamus: May 2020

    Bullying and cyberbullying are realities for children across the world. We explain the details of both types in detail and what could be done to identify and prevent it. Be informed and read both articles in Servamus: May 2020

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“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” - John 15:13, but so is the love of animals that offer their lives for their human colleague. Animals have formed part of the law enforcement environment in South African long before 1913 - before the police were officially formed under the name of the South African Police (SAP).

But with our four-legged (animals) partners, we’re so quick to forget them within a short space of time - that's even if we knew that animals served in the first place, let alone to acknowledge their passing on or their retirement from service. If they pass on, no other member besides their human partner would even know that the said four-legged partner ever served or was part of the police family. We honour our two-legged (human) partners, colleagues who have passed on in the line of duty, during an annual commemoration service in September at the SAPS memorial section at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, where their names are engraved on a plaque. When a human colleague departs from the Service, their names are e-mailed throughout the country, acknowledging their existence. We always say, we are a family, a special “blue blooded” family. But how in our heart of hearts could we, and let’s be true to ourselves, forget and not even acknowledge the other part of our “blue blooded family” namely of our four-legged colleagues on? Those who had a service number, a name, whose details appeared on the duty list, worked in any weather conditions or environment, never had an excuse not to work, didn't commit a crime, didn’t get promotion, no salary, didn’t get any category leave (except when sick/injured), went in areas where some of our human colleagues were too scared to go, never sat in an office or asked for office hours job/posting, were capable of doing a task which would take a handful of human colleagues to do and in less time, need to be acknowledged. They are not biased, don’t discriminate and have no political affiliation, influence or pressure.

We can’t call ourselves a family, when we have forgotten or leave out four-legged (animals) partners/colleagues who served faithfully. So, as they don’t have a voice, let us be their voice - let’s call upon the higher authority, right up to the Minister of Police, the Honourable, Gen B Cele, as we know that he has the members of the SA Police Service very close to his heart and regards us as his family.

Let’s include all our members (humans and animals) - let us acknowledge everyone. So, when our four-legged colleagues “pass on” in the line of duty, let their names, service number and date of death be engraved on a plaque and be presented and acknowledged in the same way, on the same day and place as when we pay tribute to our human colleagues on Commemoration Day in September.

When our four-legged partners “retire” send a monthly e-mail out acknowledging their service.

As “members”, why can they not be awarded certain medals eg Centenary (100 years), even the ten-year service medal, which medal is handed over to their respective appointed handler?

SAPS dogs have also been deployed inter-nationally under the national and SAPS flags to assist at natural disaster scenes, due to their capabilities.

The “purple poppy” derived in 1918, around the same time as the “red poppy” which is for human beings. The purple poppy is for animals who have fought in wars/conflict over the course of time so that we will remember them - they have saved many a human life. We are at “war/in conflict” each day - a war against crime. Many incidents are known where our four-legged colleague have taken a bullet or a knife thrust to protect their human colleagues without thinking twice, so that their human partner may go home alive, back to their family.

A “War Horse Memorial Purple Poppy” charity has been established in the UK around 2018 to promote, acknowledge and make the people aware of the animal’s involvement in worldwide wars/conflicts over the decades. W/O (ret) Mike Allan, the “Pioneer of the Mounted Unit” (refer to the Letters’ Column published in Servamus: October 2019) has been duly appointed by the said Society. At this stage, he is the only one in South Africa to be their ambassador.
Officers who work with our four-legged colleagues (animals) especially the dogs in the field will tell you very quickly that the dog becomes your friend, partner, your protector. The human in turn becomes their love, their life, they stay faithful and true until the last beat of your heart. We owe it to them to be worthy of such devotion - so let’s also honour and remember all our “blue family” members, irrespective of whether they are two- or four-legged (dogs/horses, in the past even camels) … Let’s be a complete family.

Lt-Col (ret) C R P O’Farrell PCF

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Servamus - May 2020

It was a difficult start to the 2020 school year. In Gauteng, several learners had died in various tragic accidents.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
When the news broke in January 2020 about a schoolboy who had drowned during a school orientation camp in North West, many parents were impacted by the fact that something similar could so easily happen to their own children.
By Annalise Kempen
It boggles one's mind when the innocence of a child meets the severity of a violent crime like murder.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Do you realise that bullying is a form of child abuse? It is so serious that the legislature specifically mentions it in the Children’s Act 38 of 2005 where “abuse”, in relation to a child, means any form of harm or ill-treatment deliberately inflicted on a child, and includes bullying by another child.
By Annalise Kempen

Pollex - May 2020

Read More - S V Garland 2019 (2) SACR 162 (WCC)
Mr Garland, the accused, is currently approximately 26 years old. On 24 June 2011, when he was 17 years old, he was apprehended in his mother’s residence in the town of Montagu*, for the unlawful possession of a small quantity of cannabis (dagga).
Read More - Msongelwa V Minister of Police (112/2012) [2020] ZAECMHC 10 (17 March 2020) (EMC)
The plaintiff (Afrikaans: “eiser”), Mr Nkululeko Msongelwa, was arrested on 7 August 2011 at a tavern in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, where he and his friends were enjoying themselves.
In recent years, South Africa has had its fair share of disasters (Afrikaans: “rampe”).

Letters - May 2020

My chains are gone I've been set free My God, my Saviour has ransomed me And like a flood, His mercy rains Unending love, Amazing Grace
Read More Maj-Gen Tertius Geldenhuys (7 May 1955 to 14 April 2020)
The South African Police Service mourns the tragic loss of Maj-Gen Tertius Geldenhuys who passed away on 14 April 2020.
Oom Piet Kleu, a 94-year-old former provincial road traffic inspector, invited by Daniel Seevaraj, a former police member who also became a prominent senior Pietermaritzburg road traffic inspector, graced our presence at our last meeting of retired police officers at Chistlehurst Academics and Arts.
Read More Huldeblyk - Jan Willem (Toffie) Jansen van Vuuren (6 Januarie 1952 - 18 Maart 2020)
”Dis die enigste manier om vooruit te gaan in die lewe - studeer, studeer, studeer … Studies gee vir mens kennis, en kennis is mag.”
May Magazine Cover

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