• 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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A lot of crimes have been committed in 2017 and previously and some of these offenders are regretful of committing criminal acts. A 56-year-old male who was incarcerated for 15 years for murdering his brother while high on Mandrax has shown remorse to the community and to his family. He wants to use the lessons and skills that he's learnt in prison to the benefit of his community.

"During my 15 year sentence at the Johannesburg Correctional Service, I was taught a lot as I was also active and participated in different activities. I joined the boxing club where they taught us self-defence skills and how to keep fit and healthy and I instantly felt in love with the boxing club. My new year's resolution is to stay out of crime and work on building myself and the community that I live in," said the 56-year-old-man.

The ex-convict says that it is not easy for the community to welcome you back in the neighbourhood because not everyone will like the fact that you have finished your sentence and are back to stay with them.

"This year I want to change the perception that people have about ex-convicts namely that when we come from prison it means that we are bad people. I finished my prison sentence two months ago but I still find it difficult to interact with the community and some are even looking at me in a disapproving manner. They have not accepted me back in the community."

Const Matrose from Sterkspruit SAPS feels that everyone deserves a second chance and that prison is not there to give convicts a bad image, but is there to help and correct those who are doing wrong. It's like a rehabilitation centre.

"There are a lot of prisoners who were sentenced and came to prison known to be bad people and known with all the wrongdoings. After they completed their sentence they transform to newly-born individuals and go back to the community with a different and positive mindset," added Const Matrose.

Crime has a lot of consequences and it is not easy to regain the trust of your community after you have completed your prison sentence and have to go back to the community. Alcohol is also one of the major contributors to crime.

Const Mthunzi Tsetse
Sterkspruit SAPS

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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