• 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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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.

That’s when I started to become suspicious that something wrong was happening. I managed to get the Polo’s vehicle registration number, just before they sped off from the parking lot.

Immediately after the Polo had left, I saw an African male lying on the road. He informed me that he had been hijacked and shot. I asked the café owner to call the police and report the incident. I got into my car and gave chase since I spotted the direction they were headed in - they were still driving without lights on the N4 road until to about the R509, the road which leads to Koster, when they switched the vehicle’s lights on.

While following the vehicle, I contacted Koster Police Station and informed them that I was chasing a suspect driving a hijacked vehicle and that they should block the road. As we were driving towards Koster, the suspect turned away into the township. I continued updating the community service centre about the location.

As I chased the vehicle I noticed a police van was approaching, but, due to the speed at which the hijacked vehicle was driving, at a curve, it lost control and drove into a fenced yard. The vehicle came to a standstill, but both suspects fled the scene. The hijacked vehicle was recovered and Swartruggens CAS 12/07/2017 was opened with two counts of murder; attempted robbery and robbery aggravating (car hijacking).

D/Const S Mokowe

Swartruggens

(It is heart-warming to read stories about police members being willing to put themselves on duty to fight crime. Keep it up Constable, and all the other members to whom gratitude is expressed in this month's letters column! Ed.)

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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