• Bullying is a serious issue in schools. We remind about the relevant legislation and definitions in the first of three articles about dealing with school bullies. Read this article in the December 2017 issue of Servamus.

    Bullying is a serious issue in schools. We remind about the relevant legislation and definitions in the first of three articles about dealing with school bullies. Read this article in the December 2017 issue of Servamus.

  • The SAPS is adamant that they want to deal with police members who lead double lives and are susceptible to corrupt activities. All SAPS employees should read this article in the December 2017 issue of Servamus about what it being done to root out corruption.

    The SAPS is adamant that they want to deal with police members who lead double lives and are susceptible to corrupt activities. All SAPS employees should read this article in the December 2017 issue of Servamus about what it being done to root out corruption.

  • Are you a sucker for #FakeNews? We share valuable tips how to distinguish between the good, the bad and the ugly in the December 2017 issue of Servamus.

    Are you a sucker for #FakeNews? We share valuable tips how to distinguish between the good, the bad and the ugly in the December 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 - December 2017

A Free State farmer responded to an OLX advert from someone selling animal feed. "I wanted to buy cattle feed, so I deposited the R21 000 immediately after I verified the seller's banking details," he said.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
During mid-October 2017, social media was awash with the news that approximately 30 million South Africans' personal information had been hacked.
By Annalise Kempen
There is no positive light in which to paint the latest crime statistics released by the Minister of Police, Fikile Mbalula, on 24 October 2017.
By Annalise Kempen
Ben is a 14-year-old teenage boy who comes across the online game the Blue Whale. While playing this game, he has to complete one challenge after another.
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - December 2017

Years ago, when General Motors “was still a sergeant”, the police’s motto was “Servamus et Servimus”, meaning “we protect and we serve”.
Read More - S V Phillips 2017 (1) SACR 373 (SCA)
Background Section 4(1) of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act 12 of 2004 (hereinafter referred to as Act 12 of 2004) provides as follows:
Read More - S V Setlholo 2017 (1) SACR 544 (NCK)
In this case the accused was, at the time of committing the two offences concerned, a constable in the SAPS.

Letters - December 2017

While participating in the SAPS National Half-marathon held in Rustenburg during October 2017, I decided that I wanted to run all the marathon races in the Bay during 2018.
On Wednesday 1 November 2017, at approximately 10:00, Capt B R Simpson and Const T E Ntuli from the FLASH Unit at SAPS Emanguzi were travelling along the R22 main road (Engozeni area) towards the Farazela Port of Entry at the Mozambican border.
South African communities are faced with various crimes and it has been a challenge to every citizen to play a role in bringing all perpetrators to justice by working hand-in-hand with the South African Police Service.
Members of the social crime prevention office of Emanguzi SAPS have been working hard to bring awareness to the local communities in an effort to protect the most vulnerable and youngest members in our communities.
December 2017 Magazine Cover

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