• Although our paths regularly cross with those of homeless people, we seldom think about them as potential vulnerable victims of serious crime. Read more about the in-depth article about how they are affected from p 44 in Servamus: February 2018.

    Although our paths regularly cross with those of homeless people, we seldom think about them as potential vulnerable victims of serious crime. Read more about the in-depth article about how they are affected from p 44 in Servamus: February 2018.

  • Ever thought about the fact that those who are falsely accused of crime are also victims? We explore the impact of these false allegations on these victims and look at the trauma of serving time when you are innocent in an article published from p 28 in Servamus: February 2018.

    Ever thought about the fact that those who are falsely accused of crime are also victims? We explore the impact of these false allegations on these victims and look at the trauma of serving time when you are innocent in an article published from p 28 in Servamus: February 2018.

  • Members of Flying Squads often arrive first at crime scenes to confront dangerous criminals. This month we pay tribute to the hardworking heroes of the Johannesburg Flying Squad and introduce their commander. Refer to the article from p 50 in Servamus: February 2018.

    Members of Flying Squads often arrive first at crime scenes to confront dangerous criminals. This month we pay tribute to the hardworking heroes of the Johannesburg Flying Squad and introduce their commander. Refer to the article from p 50 in Servamus: February 2018.

  • Many victims of crime choose not to report the incident to the police. We explore the reasons why; find out whether it is a situation unique to South Africa and look at the consequence of non-reporting of crime in an article published from p 10 in Servamus: February 2018.

    Many victims of crime choose not to report the incident to the police. We explore the reasons why; find out whether it is a situation unique to South Africa and look at the consequence of non-reporting of crime in an article published from p 10 in Servamus: February 2018.

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Brig N G (Natty) Govender enlisted into the South African Police with the intention of becoming a motor technician. However during that period, non-whites were not allowed to serve in the technical section. Brig H Badul assisted him in gaining admission to the SAPS uniform branch at Glendale.

After completing his basic training at the famous Wentworth Police College, where he was awarded the trophy for the Best Student of the Troop, he was identified for his exceptional abilities. He subsequently remained at this training college as an instructor/tutor in musketry, physical training, drill and as a law lecturer on the permanent staff. It was a privilege, as only a negligible percentage qualifies for this position. His emphasis was on super fitness, precision and discipline of an extreme high standard.

Several hundreds of South African Indian police officials served under his tutelage, including myself. He was my troop sergeant. We later developed an extremely close relationship and became close friends - we were known as brothers for the past 33 years. Many who trained under him have attained commissioned officer status and a few are still serving as generals to this day.

Brig Natty Govender was a strict disciplinarian and likewise demanded the very best from his students. Young boys, enlisting from school, were trained to be men that were to be reckoned with and became the first line of defence in our country. He also served as an instructor at the new training police establishment in Chatsworth. He served as an instructor/tutor from 1981 to 1991 at both Wentworth and later at Chatsworth.

He was the second Indian police officer who officiated as a parade commander at the famous Durban Military Tattoo, the first being the late Capt D J Lamech, who had this honour. This is an honour only these two Indian police officers could boast about.

Brig Govender was transferred to Gauteng where he spent three years at Lenasia and Kliptown as the Station Commander. He was later transferred to Durban as the Provincial Head of Organisational Development and Strategic Management, where he served as Head of Management Services until his retirement.

Eight medals and decorations were awarded to him over the past 38 years.
Once again this is a loss of unique skills and experience acquired through years of on the job experience, to an essential service which unfortunately will not be easily (if ever) replaced.
Brig Govender has also travelled abroad pertaining to the improvement of his work, visiting Germany, France, Switzerland and Italy among others.

Brig Govender, on behalf of the Association of Retired Police Officers Pietermaritzburg and Durban, we acknowledge your enormous contributions to the SAPS, South African communities and particularly to the individual Indian policemen and -women with whom you worked during your tenure at both Wentworth and Chatsworth Police Training Colleges. We convey our sincerest congratulations, goodwill and blessings to you. We wish you good health and prosperity. We also look forward to your joining our ranks in the New Year. It is a pleasure and a privilege to be associated with you, Sir. Good luck and God bless!

Logan Govender
Pietermaritzburg

Servamus - February 2018

In high profile cases such as that of the Modimolle monster or Oscar Pistorius, the public heard, through the media, what impact the violent crime had on the victim and their families.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
People sleeping on sheets of cardboard under dirty old blankets on pavements or on dark park benches are a familiar sight when driving through the suburbs late at night.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
“You were wearing a low cut, short mini dress, what did you expect?” Those are often the first words a rape victim hears when she tells someone from whom she trusted to get support, after she was raped by a friend at a party.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
If you have been the victim of a property-related crime such as a housebreaking, stay in an urban area or have relatively easy access to a police station, chances are very good that you will report it to the police.
By Annalise Kempen

Pollex - February 2018

Read More - Solidarity [Trade Union] [on behalf of Sgt Armand] Gerber v SAPS and Others (C381/17) [2017] ZALCCT 36 (11 August 2017)*
This is a judgment of the Cape Town Labour Court which began when Sgt Gerber approached the court. Sgt Gerber suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of a traumatic event in the course of his duty as a member of the SAPS.
Towards the end of 2017, various news agencies reported a story about a female university student from the Eastern Cape who mistakenly received a payment of R14 million instead of R1400 from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).
Read More - S V Byleveld 2017 (1) SACR 218 (NWM)
“252A. Authority to make use of traps and undercover operations and admissibility of evidence so obtained
Read More - S V Masoanganye and Others 2015 (2) SACR 577 (NWM)
Five accused persons were convicted and sentenced by a single judge before the High Court in Mahikeng in the North West Province on charges of theft, all in respect of amounts stolen from the Guardian Fund (Afrikaans: “Voogdyfonds”).
Read More - S V Ramoba 2017 (2) SACR353 (SCA)
The accused, who was 33 years of age at the time of sentencing before the regional court in Tzaneen in Limpopo, was convicted on 12 very serious charges whereupon he and his co-accused, were each sentenced to an effective term of 52 years’ incarceration.
These Regulations appear as Government Notice No R 1138, in Government Gazette No 41203 dated 27 October 2017 (“the ‘new’ Regulations”).

Letters - February 2018

A former police member, Lt-Col Mathews Leballo, has since his retirement not forsaken the needs of vulnerable groups.
The management and staff of Evaton SAPS got to celebrate Christmas on 20 December 2017 with Christmas Carols. The event was blessed by the Provincial Head Office Chaplain Rev Mudau.
A lot of crimes have been committed in 2017 and previously and some of these offenders are regretful of committing criminal acts.
Brig N G (Natty) Govender enlisted into the South African Police with the intention of becoming a motor technician.
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.
February 2018 Magazine Cover

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