Have you ever taught about your car’s safety when you are involved in a vehicle crash? Will you and your loved ones be protected in as far as it is possible? Refer to the article published on pp 14 -16 in Servamus: January 2020 to determine the NCAP safety rating of many cars on SA’s roads.
We all have a responsibility to create a safer world for our children – that includes on our roads. Sadly, vehicle crashes are some of the leading causes for child deaths. Walk This Way is a ChildSafe intervention project that aims to address child pedestrian safety – refer to the article in Servamus: January 2020 on pp 34-35 giving more details.
Many people opt to go on a boat cruise for a holiday. Yet, there are many aspects that can affect the passengers and crew’s safety necessitating such cruise liners to have adequately trained security personnel. Refer to the article in Servamus: January 2020 on pp 30-32 about what is done to mitigate treats to such cruise liners.
Article by Annalise Kempen
Photos by Kotie Geldenhuys
"If you give what can be taken, you are not really giving. Take what you are given, not what you want to be given. Give what cannot be taken." - Idries Shab.
There are probably very few people who do not love receiving a gift, and sometimes, even something as “insignificant” as a certificate, a small trophy and a big “thank you” will suffice. For the past 21 years, Tracker has done exactly this by acknowledging excellence by saying "thank you" to police members across the country who deserved special recognition in the fight against vehicle-related crime. The coveted Tracker awards aim to honour law enforcement officers and units whose efforts, in using the Tracker system, have made a significant impact on the recovery of stolen and hijacked vehicles in South Africa. The process starts with nominations and awards on a provincial level, whereafter the respective unit and individual provincial winners gather at the national awards ceremony awaiting the announcement of the national winners.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
After Mary had suffered yet another blow to the head from her abusive partner, she opened a criminal case against him. At her local police station where her statement was taken a docket was opened for which she received a case number. Mary went home, without knowing that her partner had gone to the police station and paid the investigating officer R1000 to "make the docket disappear". Scenarios like these give the police a bad name and make the community lose faith in them.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Photos by GroundUp
Corruption is a global problem that knows no boundaries. It is a crime which is invariably committed in secrecy between willing participants, with few, if any witnesses. The result is that the crime is often only noticed when it is in an advanced stage and dealing with it becomes a huge challenge. The recent achievements of the Hawks in investigating corruption confirm that they are ready for the challenges related to investigating this crime - irrespective of how serious it is.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
The mere mention of corruption, makes one think about State capture, the Guptas, former President Jacob Zuma and a former National Commissioner, namely the late Jackie Selebi. Although corruption is nothing new, it seems that it got out of hand over the past decade or so. There is a general feeling of distrust, not only in terms of whom can be trusted, but also in terms of systems and whether the corrupt will ever have to pay for their crimes. The general public is not alone in voicing their feelings. On 14 October 2019, Adv Kevin Malunga, the outgoing Deputy Public Protector of the Republic of South Africa tweeted: "The tragedy of South Africa’s criminal justice system is that the troubled young mother or juvenile who steals baby formula etc rots in jail for months as an awaiting trial prisoner while nothing happens to a resourced politician who is linked to corruption by forensic evidence."