Despite heavy rains, the SAPS managed to host a successful national athletics championship in Pretoria at the end of March 2018. Read about the events and the winners in Servamus: May 2018 from pp 52-54.
Part 2 of our Crime Series discussing the shocking events of how Christopher Panayiotou had his lovely wife, Jayde, killed. Read about his conviction and sentence in Servamus: May 2018 from pp 34-43.
On 26 March 2018, the Western Cape Department of Community Safety and the City of Cape Town recognised the top Neighbourhood Watch structures in the Cape Town Metropole for their contribution to fight crime. Read the article in Servamus: May 2018 from pp 46-49.
Children should be taught about road safety from an early start – but parents have an equally important responsibility to ensure that the transport their children use to school is safe and registered. Read our articles in Servamus: May 2018 from pp 56-59.
Lt-Col V G Naidoo, a retired police officer from Durban, received an honorary membership of the SAPS Athletics Association for his invaluable contribution to the sport over a number of years. He is the first to receive an award of this kind.
A National SAPS Athletics Association badge was presented to him by the SAPS National Athletics Association Chairperson, Lt-Col Hardus Rossouw, at the Tshwane Police Academy on 23 March 2018 to mark this occasion.
The Special Investigations Unit of the National Council of SPCAs has been strongly supported by the West Rand K9 Unit and has been assisted by some very dedicated and passionate police officials in their endeavours to bring the perpetrators of animal cruelty to justice.
One police official who goes above and beyond the call of duty in the quest to support and assist this unit is W/O Kobus Venter. Whether it is the darkest hour of the night or the coldest hour of the morning, he is always willing to help. Often he pledges many hours of his personal time in helping the NSPCA inspectors running these criminals to ground. His knowledge of the Criminal Procedure Act is unrivalled and his almost photographic scene recall and steadfast court testimonies have assisted in the arrest and conviction of many perpetrators of the most horrific animal abuse.
Following the excellent investigation conducted by Capt Swanepoel, Adv Marius Stander, senior state advocate, wrote the following evaluation report in recognition of Capt Swanepoel's service and in order for him to be considered for an award.
“On 21 April 2015, Jayde Panayiotou was kidnapped outside her residential complex in Kabega Park, Port Elizabeth where she was waiting for a lift. On 22 April 2015, her body was discovered on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth where she was shot three times. Subsequent to her being killed, monies were withdrawn from her bank account. Her death sparked a nationwide frenzy. On 2 November 2017, Christopher Panayiotou, the husband of Jayde Panayiotou, and two others were convicted on a number of charges including the murder of Jayde Panayiotou. The court found that Panayiotou recruited a certain Siyoni, who in turn recruited the other two accused to kill his wife for an amount of R80 000.