• It is impossible to understand how parents can physically abuse and neglect their own children, and yet it happens. We remind our readers about what child abuse entails in a comprehensive article published in Servamus: May 2020.

    It is impossible to understand how parents can physically abuse and neglect their own children, and yet it happens. We remind our readers about what child abuse entails in a comprehensive article published in Servamus: May 2020.

  • The Springs Monster case is probably one of the worst child abuse cases in recent years. We bring you the first part of this crime series in the May 2020 issue of Servamus. A shocking, must-read for all.

    The Springs Monster case is probably one of the worst child abuse cases in recent years. We bring you the first part of this crime series in the May 2020 issue of Servamus. A shocking, must-read for all.

  • Bullying and cyberbullying are realities for children across the world. We explain the details of both types in detail and what could be done to identify and prevent it. Be informed and read both articles in Servamus: May 2020

    Bullying and cyberbullying are realities for children across the world. We explain the details of both types in detail and what could be done to identify and prevent it. Be informed and read both articles in Servamus: May 2020

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My chains are gone
I've been set free
My God, my Saviour has ransomed me
And like a flood, His mercy rains
Unending love, Amazing Grace

Maj-Gen Tertius Geldenhuys was a policeman's general. His mere presence demanded respect. From his highly knowledgeable pen came acts such as the amendment to the Police Act to enable the establishment of Metro Police Services. He guided the Johannesburg Metro Police, Tshwane Metro Police, Ekurhuleni Metro Police, Cape Town Metro Police and Swartland Municipal Police into existence with the patience of a loving father and mentor. And we tested his patience … which he often answered with his trademark "nice try".

If you did not have him explain the law of evidence to you on a single sheet of paper scrawled down in a hand, firmly holding a cigarette and cup of coffee, you have missed out. He made sure that all the metro police chiefs and their top management were trained to the national standard.

He was patient, extremely straight-forward, understood the operational policing environment and the day-to-day operational problems and questions with which police members on the ground battle. He had worked at station level and therefore spoke the language police officials understood. He held a Doctorate in Law and made significant contributions to several pieces of legislation as noted earlier.

But he was also a people's person who made time for everybody. He was proud of his family and often spoke of them lovingly. He was a devoted Christian and lived his Christian beliefs which was evident in the way he served people with integrity and honour in his daily life.
To many of us he was a friend and a father, a mentor and protector. To many of us he was a lifesaver who was always ready with advice and love.

I will forever miss his bear hugs, deep laugh, the smell of tobacco and guidance to make me a better person.

End of watch! To protect and serve was his commitment. And he did no less. To honour him and keep him and his family in our hearts, thoughts and prayers at this time is not only our obligation, but an honour and a privilege. As a society, we are greatly diminished by his passing. And we must all step up to fill that horrible gap left by his absence.

You can stand down General Geldenhuys. You served us well. We will take it from here ... Fair winds and calm seas! See you in heaven.

Dir Trish Armstrong
Tshwane Metro Police Department

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Servamus - May 2020

It was a difficult start to the 2020 school year. In Gauteng, several learners had died in various tragic accidents.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
When the news broke in January 2020 about a schoolboy who had drowned during a school orientation camp in North West, many parents were impacted by the fact that something similar could so easily happen to their own children.
By Annalise Kempen
It boggles one's mind when the innocence of a child meets the severity of a violent crime like murder.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Do you realise that bullying is a form of child abuse? It is so serious that the legislature specifically mentions it in the Children’s Act 38 of 2005 where “abuse”, in relation to a child, means any form of harm or ill-treatment deliberately inflicted on a child, and includes bullying by another child.
By Annalise Kempen

Pollex - May 2020

Read More - S V Garland 2019 (2) SACR 162 (WCC)
Mr Garland, the accused, is currently approximately 26 years old. On 24 June 2011, when he was 17 years old, he was apprehended in his mother’s residence in the town of Montagu*, for the unlawful possession of a small quantity of cannabis (dagga).
Read More - Msongelwa V Minister of Police (112/2012) [2020] ZAECMHC 10 (17 March 2020) (EMC)
The plaintiff (Afrikaans: “eiser”), Mr Nkululeko Msongelwa, was arrested on 7 August 2011 at a tavern in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, where he and his friends were enjoying themselves.
In recent years, South Africa has had its fair share of disasters (Afrikaans: “rampe”).

Letters - May 2020

My chains are gone I've been set free My God, my Saviour has ransomed me And like a flood, His mercy rains Unending love, Amazing Grace
Read More Maj-Gen Tertius Geldenhuys (7 May 1955 to 14 April 2020)
The South African Police Service mourns the tragic loss of Maj-Gen Tertius Geldenhuys who passed away on 14 April 2020.
Oom Piet Kleu, a 94-year-old former provincial road traffic inspector, invited by Daniel Seevaraj, a former police member who also became a prominent senior Pietermaritzburg road traffic inspector, graced our presence at our last meeting of retired police officers at Chistlehurst Academics and Arts.
Read More Huldeblyk - Jan Willem (Toffie) Jansen van Vuuren (6 Januarie 1952 - 18 Maart 2020)
”Dis die enigste manier om vooruit te gaan in die lewe - studeer, studeer, studeer … Studies gee vir mens kennis, en kennis is mag.”
May Magazine Cover

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Servamus is a community-based safety and security magazine for both members of the community as well as safety and security practitioners with the aim of increasing knowledge and sharing information, dedicated to improving their expertise, professionalism and service delivery standards. It promotes sound crime management practices, freedom of speech, education, training, information sharing and a networking platform.