• Each year we pay tribute to the heroes in blue who have paid the highest price. This year was no exception. We tell you a short story about each of these latest heroes – refer to our article published from p 32 in the October 2017 issue of Servamus.

    Each year we pay tribute to the heroes in blue who have paid the highest price. This year was no exception. We tell you a short story about each of these latest heroes – refer to our article published from p 32 in the October 2017 issue of Servamus.

  • The weather has caused havoc in large parts of the world in recent times – resulting a huge loss of lives. Ever thought about how you would react during a disaster? Read our article published from p 14 in the October 2017 issue of Servamus.

    The weather has caused havoc in large parts of the world in recent times – resulting a huge loss of lives. Ever thought about how you would react during a disaster? Read our article published from p 14 in the October 2017 issue of Servamus.

  • When a disaster strikes, the affected community is dependent on men and women who are willing to leave everything at home to search for survivors and treat the injured. Such are the men and women from Rescue SA – we tell you more about these heroes in our article published from p 22 in the October 2017 issue of Servamus.

    When a disaster strikes, the affected community is dependent on men and women who are willing to leave everything at home to search for survivors and treat the injured. Such are the men and women from Rescue SA – we tell you more about these heroes in our article published from p 22 in the October 2017 issue of Servamus.

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Two former police officers, viz Capt Saravanan Govender and Raju Ellapen, were honoured, appreciated and recognised for the enormous contributions and life-changing experiences they imparted into the lives of thousands of Indian policemen and -women at both the Wentworth and Chatsworth Indian Police Colleges.

Capt (ret) Saravanan, who is now 77 years old, was transferred to the college because of his physical fitness abilities. He was also a holder of a black belt, 5th Dan in karate and a keen basketball player. Capt (ret) Ellapen, now 70 years old, was also transferred to the college because of his physical fitness abilities. He was also a professional wrestler, musketry and drill instructor. He was later appointed as the drill instructor for KZN.

The SAPS does not always get a good rap so I would like to commend your members on the dealings we had with them.

At approximately 04:00 on 5 July 2017 we had a break-in at our home. On hearing noises, my husband went down the passage and encountered people in our dining room. I called 10111 at 04.24 and received prompt attention from the lady who answered the phone who said that she would send someone. Simultaneously, my daughter phoned Kloof Response. The members from Kloof Police Station arrived promptly (I would say within 15 minutes).

The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) would like to express our gratitude to members of Ladysmith and QwaQwa SAPS for their assistance with a donkey case recently handled by the NSPCA.

The Ladysmith SAPS contacted the NSPCA after they discovered a truck transporting donkeys that were destined for Lesotho and the illegal donkey skin trade. Unfortunately, they had no legal standing to detain the donkeys, which we understand, but we are grateful that they alerted the NSPCA to the matter.

On Saturday 15 July 2017, at around 19:00, I was off duty and took my family to pick up a few things from a café in Swartruggens near the N4, using my private vehicle. I had parked my vehicle in the parking area opposite the café and decided not to accompany my family. A few minutes later, a white Polo parked behind my car and the driver also went inside the café.

While I was still inside my car I noticed that my wife forgot her purse and I decided to take it to her. As I was approaching the entrance to the café, but before I could gain entry, I heard gunshots. I stopped and turned back to check what was happening. I saw two African males standing on the right-hand side of the Polo. One of the men opened the door and occupied the driver’s seat while the other ran to open the passenger door - however, the door was locked so he couldn't open it. He then tried another door which he also failed to open. He then ran to the driver's door and the man who had occupied the seat got out so the other man could enter via that door to occupy the front passenger’s seat.

I’m extremely thankful to W/O Van Graan and his two colleagues, W/O Bothma and Sgt Manus from K9 Breede River Worcester, for “saving my life” following an incident on 4 July 2017.

At approximately 07:30 on that date, I discovered that my laptop and iPad had been stolen out of my house whilst we were asleep.

We phoned the police to report the case, merely to get a case number for insurance purposes. The police responded within five minutes and we were able to track the iPad via my cellphone. We tracked the iPad around 08:30 and I phoned the police station for assistance, as I could literally see on my cellphone how the thief was moving around with my iPad. The police station once again responded immediately and I was at the station within less than a minute. On my arrival, W/O Van Graan was waiting for me in front of the station. He picked me up in his vehicle and we started the search until we found the location of the iPad at the Russell Scheme Flats.

Servamus - October 2017

Whenever a disaster strikes, such as the fires that resulted in massive destruction in Knysna during June 2017, an earthquake in Italy or a tsunami in Japan, thousands of people need help.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
June 2017: Knysna and its surrounding areas - devastating fires. August 2017: Houston, Texas - extreme floods.
By Annalise Kempen
On 11 March 2011 at 14:46, an 8.9-magnitude earthquake, so powerful that it shifted the earth on its axis by 10 cm, struck Japan.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
"In many countries, climate change is magnifying risks and increasing the cost of disasters, a trend seen in South Africa given the current drought, the severe weather events and flooding experienced each year."
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - October 2017

There are two recent reported cases regarding all the dos and the don'ts regarding extradition (Afrikaans: "uitlewering").
Read More - S V Sebofi 2015 (2) SACR 179 (GJ)
Mr Sebofi (the accused) was convicted on two counts of rape by the regional court in Roodepoort (the trial court), and sentenced to life incarceration.
Read More - Chala and Others v Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), KwaZulu-Natal and Another 2015 (2) SACR 283 (KZP)
The proviso (Afrikaans: “voorbehoud”) to section 93ter(1) of the Magistrates’ Court Act 32 of 1944 provides as follows:
Read More - S V Tladi and Others 2016 (1) SACR 424 (GP)
The three accused persons in this case were each convicted in the regional court (“the trial court”) on one count of kidnapping and one count of rape.
Read More - S V Masoka and Another 2015 (2) SACR 268 (ECP)
Two accused persons were standing trial before the magistrates’ court in Humansdorp in the Eastern Cape on a charge of robbery.

Letters - October 2017

Hierdie jaar het vir ons twee broers met baie nuwe uitdagings begin. Ons het in Januarie ons 50ste verjaarsdag in Namibië gaan vier en as ons gedink het dat dit die hoogtepunt was, lê daar toe ‘n baie groter uitdaging op ons pad.
Between 14 and 18 August 2017, members of Westville SAPS competed in the KZN Rock and Surf angling competition held near the Wild Coast bridge, Port Edward.
It saddens me that every year South African Police Service members continue to succumb to the brutal onslaught on their lives.
October 2017 Magazine Cover

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