• 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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W/O Mike Nagamuthoo, a former stalwart police detective, celebrated a milestone birthday in August 2019 when he turned 85 years old.

He was born at the infamous “Magazine Barracks” in Greyville, Durban on 29 August 1934. But his family were forced to relocate to “Glasgow”, Verulam after his father took ill.

After he finished his school career at Verulam High, he was enlisted into the police in 1958 and posted to Wentworth for a short period whereafter he was sent to Clairwood before he started his basic training at the Wentworth Police Depot, as it was called in those days.

After he completed his six months’ training he was reposted to Clairwood where he spent a number of years before being transferred to Loop Street and then to Mountain Rise in 1968. There he worked under the command of Capt Tinus Nel and the legendary Capt Bob Sewpersad.

Whilst serving at Mountain Rise, he was head of the CID.

In 1984, he was posted to the Guard Unit, Cape Town until his retirement in 1992.

Logan Govender remembers Detective Nagamuthoo as a humble person who is to this day still a disciplined member. Capt Bob Sewpersad, W/O Suklall and Detective Gops Reddy are a few of the surviving former Indian police officers who are in their 80s. Being over 80 years old is an exceptional feat among former police members as they were typically faced with numerous challenging and stressful situations during the course and execution of their duties. This has left them vulnerable to the many illnesses and afflictions in consequence of their work circumstances.

W/O Mike Nagamuthoo is an encouragement and inspiration to everyone he comes into contact with. To my knowledge, only two officers have shared the name “Nagamuthoo” of which Mike is one. The other is Brigadier Natty Govender, the former Head of Organisational and Strategic Planning. At meetings, retired officers of the social club will hasten to gather around him, eagerly enquiring about his “secret” for longevity and sharing in his life experiences. He has an exercise and diet programme which he regularly follows.

W/O Mike Nagamuthoo retired at the age of 60 after serving SAPS and the various communities of South Africa. He is still married to his dear wife Angie, now 76 years old - they have three children, seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Mike and his dear wife have travelled extensively through Europe and the East.

Mike endeavours to attend every meeting of the retired police members in KZN whether it is in Pietermaritzburg or Durban. Considering his age, this is considered a remarkable achievement.

Congratulations Mike!

Logan Govender

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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.