• The SAPS held a special parade to welcome back Mr Bheki Cele as the Minister for Police. He had previously been the National Commissioner of the SAPS. Refer to article published on pp 44-45 of Servamus: April 2018.

    The SAPS held a special parade to welcome back Mr Bheki Cele as the Minister for Police. He had previously been the National Commissioner of the SAPS. Refer to article published on pp 44-45 of Servamus: April 2018.

  • The tragedy surrounding the murder of Jayde Panayiotou is discussed in this month’s crime series. Read about how Jayde’s murder was planned by her husband and the work done by the police investigators.

    The tragedy surrounding the murder of Jayde Panayiotou is discussed in this month’s crime series. Read about how Jayde’s murder was planned by her husband and the work done by the police investigators.

  • Following the Marikana tragedy in 2012, the Public Order Policing Units of the SAPS come under attack. A lot of work has been done ever since, including the launch of national reserve POP Units. We update you on the latest developments surrounding POP in Servamus: April 2018.

    Following the Marikana tragedy in 2012, the Public Order Policing Units of the SAPS come under attack. A lot of work has been done ever since, including the launch of national reserve POP Units. We update you on the latest developments surrounding POP in Servamus: April 2018.

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According to an article published in the Sunday Times at the end of 2017, the SAPS has splashed out on what are believed the most expensive bulletproof vests in the world. Allegedly almost R6.7 million has been paid so far for the 200 hi-tech lightweight vests and for ballistic testing. In comparison, the police are paid only R400 for danger allowance (although the SAPS uses the wording of "service allowance", it is a danger allowance).

I have asked myself: what is R400 compared to these critical dangerous conditions under which we are working? Two police officials of Mount Road Police Station were attacked by robbers when they attended a robbery crime scene: Const Mjandana lost her life at the crime scene while Sgt Frans was taken to hospital in a critical condition.

Tell me if that danger allowance of R400 is enough? Some members spend R400 on dinner for two in only one night! There is a statement that I hate, namely when those at the top used to say that if you came to the SAPS for money, you are in the wrong organisation, whereas they are earning a lot of money (as if that it is their last payment at SAPS) compared to junior members.

Minister Mbalula, if you can sort out the levels within SAPS - I know that you are a man of men - there is a great difference [in the salaries]:

Suggested salary notches for Police Service Act members:
Constable: R207 656
Sergeant: R260 255
Warrant Officer: R335 225
Captain: R417 552
Lieutenant-colonel: R525 676
Colonel: R779 879.

Plus a service allowance of up to R1500 for all those who are working operationally.

To detectives, this is R1000 because there is a lot of work there and few people who want to go there.

As the organisation we must stop and avoid this wasteful expenditure.

Another issue is the 1% increment that members received after three years - that agreement is supposed to be reviewed because it is not working. We are working for one government, and it is supposed to be done according to other departments.

Minister of Police and South Africans, you can see the performance and work of SAPS members. I have done the study but I don't have another platform to present it.

Minister, please consider this letter favourably and take it to another level.

Concerned member via e-mail

Servamus - April 2018

When a disabled 52-year-old former soldier's wife died a couple of years ago, his 26-year-old brother-in-law moved into his house to take care of him.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
For many consumers, short-term insurance is a grudge expense, until that day when they are involved in a vehicle accident or they return home from work or holiday to find that they have been the victim of a burglary and they need to register a claim with their insurer.
By Annalise Kempen
There are no words to describe the shock when a man cold-bloodedly murders his wife, seemingly without motive.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Many adults have fond memories of their grandparents - visiting them during holidays, being treated with sweets or sitting on their laps listening to numerous stories.
By Annalise Kempen

Pollex - April 2018

The word supra refers to "a person who eats human flesh". According to recent media reports, arrests have been made "for the crime of cannibalism" (Afrikaans: "kannibalisme") and that those persons will "appear in court on charges of cannibalism".
Read More - Per Mr Lucky Shange in a news item that appeared in News 24 dated 17 February 2018
According to the news item referred to supra, the 40-year-old Mr Lucky Shange was arrested in 1998.
According to all indications, South Africa has, or is heading for a water crisis. As far as the Cape Peninsula in the Western Cape is concerned, the crisis is already upon its inhabitants.

Letters - April 2018

The article “A walk down memory lane - Paying tribute to a dedicated war hero” that was published in Servamus: March 2018 on pp 76-77, refers.
Ever thought about the impact of parents’ jobs on their children? This poem, written by W/O Johan Coetzer’s daughter, Megan, says so much, especially when one realises that she was only 13 years old when she wrote it.
April 2018 Magazine Cover

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