• Have you ever taught about your car’s safety when you are involved in a vehicle crash? Will you and your loved ones be protected in as far as it is possible? Refer to the article published on pp 14 -16 in Servamus: January 2020 to determine the NCAP safety rating of many cars on SA’s roads.

    Have you ever taught about your car’s safety when you are involved in a vehicle crash? Will you and your loved ones be protected in as far as it is possible? Refer to the article published on pp 14 -16 in Servamus: January 2020 to determine the NCAP safety rating of many cars on SA’s roads.

  • We all have a responsibility to create a safer world for our children – that includes on our roads. Sadly, vehicle crashes are some of the leading causes for child deaths. Walk This Way is a ChildSafe intervention project that aims to address child pedestrian safety – refer to the article in Servamus: January 2020 on pp 34-35 giving more details.

    We all have a responsibility to create a safer world for our children – that includes on our roads. Sadly, vehicle crashes are some of the leading causes for child deaths. Walk This Way is a ChildSafe intervention project that aims to address child pedestrian safety – refer to the article in Servamus: January 2020 on pp 34-35 giving more details.

  • Many people opt to go on a boat cruise for a holiday. Yet, there are many aspects that can affect the passengers and crew’s safety necessitating such cruise liners to have adequately trained security personnel. Refer to the article in Servamus: January 2020 on pp 30-32 about what is done to mitigate treats to such cruise liners.

    Many people opt to go on a boat cruise for a holiday. Yet, there are many aspects that can affect the passengers and crew’s safety necessitating such cruise liners to have adequately trained security personnel. Refer to the article in Servamus: January 2020 on pp 30-32 about what is done to mitigate treats to such cruise liners.

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Over the years, many articles have been published about the Mounted Units and the FCS Units of the SAPS. The establishment of these units have brought major successes, created posts, resulted in members receiving praise, awards, work acknowledgment and being promoted. Some of the members remained at these units' working environment and have been promoted many a time (from sergeant to brigadier). Yet, little or nothing is known about the pioneers and researchers of these units whose idea it was to form these units. Taking their precious time, energy and own funds into consideration, despite hitting "brick walls" with negative reaction from higher authority, they continued to pursue their initiative, doing the research and submitting their findings and recommendations, but without receiving anything.

Mounted Unit
The leading researcher whose brainchild was the Mounted Unit, was W/O (ret) Mike Allan - a man with a passion and knowledge for/of animals, mainly for dogs and horses. He was a member of the Dog (K9) Unit, and I have known him since the late 1970s in the policing environment. He was serving at the Johannesburg and Soweto K9 Units while I was serving at the Public Order Policing Unit in Johannesburg and Soweto. In those years he constantly spoke about establishing a mounted unit in the police, possibly combined with dogs, doing urban/rural crime prevention operations. We rode horses on several occasions. I was transferred to Sophiatown Police Station where I became the head of what is now known as VISPOL. I was then in a position to assist him with his research, both practically and through observation over a few years. He finally submitted his report containing research, findings and recommendations. When this unit was born, he was never given a commander's post, but other members were brought in to lead and other members were given the glory and were promoted. W/O Allan's daughter is a serving captain in one of the units.

Child Protection/FCS Unit
In the early 1980s when I was a sergeant, I realised the need for a “rape crime unit” to deal with or specialise in the investigation of alleged rape crimes similar to the Murder and Robbery Squad, due to the technicality and sensitivity of these cases. I conducted my research and submitted my findings and recommendation into the establishment of such a specialised unit to higher authority at the SAP Head Office according to the police regulations. The response I received in writing in Afrikaans from a colonel was: “… thanks, but it will not work ...” Yet, only shortly thereafter I found that the first such a unit was established and operational in Pretoria as per my research/findings/ recommendations”. A while later more units were established and started operating countrywide, also to hear much later that a sergeant at the time of the birth of the unit, remained in the environment until retirement as a brigadier.

As stated above, we “the pioneers, researchers and correspondents” whose brain children these units were while investing our own time, funding and effort, received nothing.

If any consolation, we know we helped and will still be helping thousands of people in South Africa both in terms of the police and the public. We have left a legacy.

Lt-Col (ret) C R P O’Farrell PCF

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Servamus - January 2020

It is just after 05:00 in a cold, windy and rainy Cape Town when the packed train pulls onto platform three.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
One of the very sad consequences of every holiday season is the high number of vehicle crashes happening on our roads - not only resulting in people losing loved ones, but also leaving many drivers and passengers seriously injured or even disabled.
By Annalise Kempen
A lot is being said and written about vehicle fitness and road-worthiness, but what about your own fitness to drive a vehicle?
By Annalise Kempen
In South Africa, fatalities due to vehicle crashes are a major contributor to unnatural deaths impacting negatively on our economic development and growth.
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - January 2020

Read More - S V Nkosinathi Gama Review No: R40/2019 dated 19 July 2019 (FB)*; S V Bam 2019(2) SACR 662 (FB)*; and S V Phuzi 2019(2) SACR 648 (FB)*
Section 59 of the National Road Traffic Act 93 of 1996 (“the NRTA”) provides as follows:
Read More – Moyo and Another V Minister of Police and Others; Sonti and Another V Minister of Police and Others (CCT 174/18; CCT 178/18) [2019] ZACC 40 (22 October 2019) (CC)
Introduction Certain provisions of the Intimidation Act 72 of 1982 were recently referred to our Constitutional Court (“the Concourt”) in order to challenge their constitutionality.

Letters - January 2020

We salute Brig Mauritz "Happy" Schutte who was born on 4 September 1951, but was called for higher duties to be with his Lord and Saviour, our God Almighty on 9 October 2019, succumbing to the illness of cancer.
There is talk of forcing pension onto members at the age of 55, with no talk of any adjustments for the Public Service Act employees who can still build pension up to the age of 65.
January Magazine Cover

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Servamus is a community-based safety and security magazine for both members of the community as well as safety and security practitioners with the aim of increasing knowledge and sharing information, dedicated to improving their expertise, professionalism and service delivery standards. It promotes sound crime management practices, freedom of speech, education, training, information sharing and a networking platform.