• The reality of prisons for many inmates is far from hoping to be rehabilitated. Instead, the reality is one of trying to protect oneself from the violence perpetrated on the inside. Read our article about the shocking reality of prison violence in the August 2017 issue of Servamus.

    The reality of prisons for many inmates is far from hoping to be rehabilitated. Instead, the reality is one of trying to protect oneself from the violence perpetrated on the inside. Read our article about the shocking reality of prison violence in the August 2017 issue of Servamus.

  • Some people seem to choose a life of violent crime. We ask whether it is due to an antisocial personality disorder or genes or whether other factors are at play. Read this interesting article in the August 2017 issue of Servamus.

    Some people seem to choose a life of violent crime. We ask whether it is due to an antisocial personality disorder or genes or whether other factors are at play. Read this interesting article in the August 2017 issue of Servamus.

  • Commercial crime is often regarded as “not so serious”. We prove the opposite in an article featured in the August 2017 issue of Servamus by giving a South African perspective to this very serious crime and the impact it has on the community and economy.

    Commercial crime is often regarded as “not so serious”. We prove the opposite in an article featured in the August 2017 issue of Servamus by giving a South African perspective to this very serious crime and the impact it has on the community and economy.

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Ek het aanvanklik gedink om die storie vir myself te hou - julle weet ons SAPD-lede het so bietjie van ‘n macho-houding, maar ek voel dit sal verkeerd wees as ek dit nie deel nie. Ons dink mos altyd slegte goed/misdaad gebeur net met ander mense in ander plekke. Wel op Saterdag 18 Februarie 2017 was dit my beurt.

Ons het teruggekeer vanaf die buitelug ekspo op Malmesbury en het by Rio Grande gestop om ander persone daar te ontmoet aangesien ons ook ‘n bietjie vir die Diaz Vasbyt wou oefen. Ek het besluit om sommer huis toe te stap. Skuins oorkant die winkelsentum is daar ‘n oop veld waarheen ek al baie keer geloop het. Daar is altyd mense onder die bome, maar ek steur my gewoonlik nie baie aan hulle nie want hulle het my nog nooit gepla nie.

Die volgende oomblik het ek iemand agter my gehoor en dit het vir my geklink soos “gryp hom”, maar toe ek weer bykom, lê ek op die gras - met ‘n bebloede kop. Gelukkig was dit nie ver huis toe nie. Al wat ek by my gehad het was my beursie, wat natuurlik weg was - insluitend die kontant, al my kaarte (aanstelling- en bestuurslisensie). Die lewe is baie meer werd.

Al wat ek vra is dat ons as lede van die gemeenskap opstaan en saamstaan - die volgende persoon is dalk nie so gelukkig nie. Ek het har-singskudding opgedoen en ‘n week later het ek steeds duislig geword as ek opstaan of afbuk. Ons moet werklik meer paraat en waaksaam wees en moet verkieslik nie alleen gaan stap nie. Ek wil graag ‘n beroep op my mede-landsburgers doen - ons sal moet opstaan en saamwerk. Ons moet almal betrokke raak in ons gemeenskappe - sluit by die reserviste of buurtwag aan, of wees net die oë en ore van die SAPD.

Ek is nog besig om hierdie saak op my eie te verwerk, maar ek moet sê dat dit nie lekker is nie: ons kan nie wegkruip agter mure, heinings en alarms nie en dit werk duidelik nie as jy gedink het die uniform gaan help nie. Dit maak ‘n mens bang en dit is baie hartseer as jy bang raak in hierdie reënboognasie en -land van ons.

Ek wil graag vir my mede-landsburgers vra om bietjie meer empatie te hê met die slagoffers van misdaad - dis nie iets waarvoor mens vra nie en ek belowe julle dit is ‘n ondervinding wat ek niemand toewens nie.

Bouwer Schoonwinkel
Brackenfell

Servamus - August 2017

Asanda Baninzi and Wox Mthuthuzeli Nombewu hijacked a sergeant based at the Langebaan Airforce Base and his girlfriend, then drove them to the Mawumawu area in Nyanga.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Who will be the next National Commissioner of the SAPS? That is the question on many concerned South Africans' lips - especially those of police members, researchers and the SAPS's partners in the fight against crime.
By Annalise Kempen
Normal, healthy people seldom dream about death. They do not see crime scenes and dead people when they close their eyes.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
For a period of 11 years the serial rapist and murderer, Jimmy Maketta, terrorised communities in the Philippi area near Cape Town.
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - August 2017

Read More - S v Parkins 2017 (1) SACR 235 (WCC)
Bradley Parkins (“the accused”) was convicted in the regional court sitting at Wynberg in the Cape Peninsula (“the trial court”) on the following six charges:
Read More - S v Mabitle 2017 (1) SACR 325 (NWM) and S v Monye and Another 2017 (1) SACR 329 (SCA)
In Ask Pollex in Servamus: August 2015, Pollex referred to a number of reported cases in respect of “contract killings”.
Read More In Servamus: June 2017, Pollex discussed the case of S v Hewitt 2017 (1) SACR 309 (SCA) (“the Hewitt case”). (The case involved the retired, world-renowned champion tennis player and instructor, Bob Hewitt.)
The Hewitt case was about three female complainants of whom two were raped and one was sexually assaulted (this offence was known as indecent assault at the time).
This month sees the last of our series of unlawful arrest and detention cases.

Letters - August 2017

Read More - An update (Servamus: December 2016
The telephone rings sharply in the charge office of Kliptown Police Station. The sergeant on duty looks up at the old clock hanging above the fireplace.
From 13 to 16 June 2017, members of the South African Police Service embarked on a trip to Mossel Bay for the Inter Provincial Soccer Championship, which was held at the D'Almeida sports ground.
Fathers’ Day was celebrated this year on 18 June, and I decided to run a special project under Social Crime Prevention for the fathers at Westville SAPS, with the wonderful support of some very gracious sponsors.
August 2017 Magazine Cover

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