• The reality of prisons for many inmates is far from hoping to be rehabilitated. Instead, the reality is one of trying to protect oneself from the violence perpetrated on the inside. Read our article about the shocking reality of prison violence in the August 2017 issue of Servamus.

    The reality of prisons for many inmates is far from hoping to be rehabilitated. Instead, the reality is one of trying to protect oneself from the violence perpetrated on the inside. Read our article about the shocking reality of prison violence in the August 2017 issue of Servamus.

  • Some people seem to choose a life of violent crime. We ask whether it is due to an antisocial personality disorder or genes or whether other factors are at play. Read this interesting article in the August 2017 issue of Servamus.

    Some people seem to choose a life of violent crime. We ask whether it is due to an antisocial personality disorder or genes or whether other factors are at play. Read this interesting article in the August 2017 issue of Servamus.

  • Commercial crime is often regarded as “not so serious”. We prove the opposite in an article featured in the August 2017 issue of Servamus by giving a South African perspective to this very serious crime and the impact it has on the community and economy.

    Commercial crime is often regarded as “not so serious”. We prove the opposite in an article featured in the August 2017 issue of Servamus by giving a South African perspective to this very serious crime and the impact it has on the community and economy.

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On 21 April 2017, police colleagues of D/W/O Petrus Oelofse attended his farewell function, which was hosted by the Jeffreys Bay Stock Theft Unit. During the ceremony, the Humansdorp Cluster Commander, Brig John Lebok, commended the member for his dedication and commitment towards his vocation. His 30- and 40-years loyal service medals were also handed over to him.

D/W/O Petrus Oelofse retired at the end of April 2017 after serving the community with pride for more than 43 years. An astonishing achievement indeed.

The SAPS are honouring a remarkable individual who has gone out of his way to protect and serve the people of South Africa with pride. As Brig John Lebok said: "In our line of work, we are always required to give more of ourselves every day. We are expected to protect and serve and be prepared to always think of others before ourselves. It is the sacrifice that every member in our organisation, must be prepared to make, and this is exactly what D/W/O Oelofse did.

"We are saying 'well done' to him who continued to do sterling work and who positively touched the lives of his fellow colleagues. We also want to thank him for his selfless sacrifices, hard work and dedication in ensuring that the SAPS succeeds in its constitutional mandate of creating a safer and orderly country for all. D/W/O Petrus Oelofse, who is a results-driven person, recognised the important task bestowed upon the SAPS and he did his best to ensure that it is realised," said Brig Lebok.

D/W/O Petrus Oelofse joined the police on 16 January 1974 whereafter he started his tour of duty at Grahamstown. Thereafter he was transferred to Addo Police Station in 1975; whereafter he started his career as a detective in 1977 at Kirkwood. After ten years he was transferred to Humansdorp and in 1988 to Jeffreys Bay Detectives. In 1998, Petrus Oelofse was transferred to the Stock Theft Unit at Humansdorp and between 2004 until his retirement in 2017, he served at the Jeffreys Bay Stock Theft Unit. D/W/O Petrus Oelofse was promoted to the rank of warrant officer on 1 April 1983.

D/W/O Oelofse's colleagues wished him a long and joyous retirement and reminded him that retirement is not about giving up, losing yourself, slowing down or feeling old.

Retirement is about enjoying the longest holiday of life.

Capt Gerda Swart
Corporate Communication and Liaison, Uitenhage

Servamus - August 2017

Asanda Baninzi and Wox Mthuthuzeli Nombewu hijacked a sergeant based at the Langebaan Airforce Base and his girlfriend, then drove them to the Mawumawu area in Nyanga.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Who will be the next National Commissioner of the SAPS? That is the question on many concerned South Africans' lips - especially those of police members, researchers and the SAPS's partners in the fight against crime.
By Annalise Kempen
Normal, healthy people seldom dream about death. They do not see crime scenes and dead people when they close their eyes.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
For a period of 11 years the serial rapist and murderer, Jimmy Maketta, terrorised communities in the Philippi area near Cape Town.
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - August 2017

Read More - S v Parkins 2017 (1) SACR 235 (WCC)
Bradley Parkins (“the accused”) was convicted in the regional court sitting at Wynberg in the Cape Peninsula (“the trial court”) on the following six charges:
Read More - S v Mabitle 2017 (1) SACR 325 (NWM) and S v Monye and Another 2017 (1) SACR 329 (SCA)
In Ask Pollex in Servamus: August 2015, Pollex referred to a number of reported cases in respect of “contract killings”.
Read More In Servamus: June 2017, Pollex discussed the case of S v Hewitt 2017 (1) SACR 309 (SCA) (“the Hewitt case”). (The case involved the retired, world-renowned champion tennis player and instructor, Bob Hewitt.)
The Hewitt case was about three female complainants of whom two were raped and one was sexually assaulted (this offence was known as indecent assault at the time).
This month sees the last of our series of unlawful arrest and detention cases.

Letters - August 2017

Read More - An update (Servamus: December 2016
The telephone rings sharply in the charge office of Kliptown Police Station. The sergeant on duty looks up at the old clock hanging above the fireplace.
From 13 to 16 June 2017, members of the South African Police Service embarked on a trip to Mossel Bay for the Inter Provincial Soccer Championship, which was held at the D'Almeida sports ground.
Fathers’ Day was celebrated this year on 18 June, and I decided to run a special project under Social Crime Prevention for the fathers at Westville SAPS, with the wonderful support of some very gracious sponsors.
August 2017 Magazine Cover

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