• The police or army alone CANNOT solve the gang problem! We explain why in a comprehensive article published in Servamus: February 2020, from p 30 to p 35.

    The police or army alone CANNOT solve the gang problem! We explain why in a comprehensive article published in Servamus: February 2020, from p 30 to p 35.

  • Are outlaw motorcycle and mobile gangs, macho men or criminals on bikes? We ask whether anything good comes from these gangs? Read the article in Servamus: February 2020, from p 26 to p 29.

    Are outlaw motorcycle and mobile gangs, macho men or criminals on bikes? We ask whether anything good comes from these gangs? Read the article in Servamus: February 2020, from p 26 to p 29.

  • A total of 4971 new, eager constables joined the SAPS in December 2019 when their passing-out parades were held. Read about their training in Servamus: February 2020, from p 60 to p 61.

    A total of 4971 new, eager constables joined the SAPS in December 2019 when their passing-out parades were held. Read about their training in Servamus: February 2020, from p 60 to p 61.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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Servamus - February 2020

Imagine seeing death even before you are old enough to go to primary school.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
When members from the 26 and 28 number gangs engaged in a battle during August 2018, it caused havoc at the Pollsmoor Correctional Centre.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
In a country where there is limited trust in the authorities, many communities welcome vigilante or mob justice groups that promise to stop gang violence and other crime in their areas.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Imagine a 12-year-old primary schoolchild peddling drugs at school for a gang!
By Annalise Kempen

Pollex - February 2020

Read More - Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Gauteng Division, Pretoria v Hamisi 2018 (2) SACR 230 (SCA)
Section 51(1), read together with the item “rape” as referred to in Part I of Schedule 2 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 105 of 1997 (hereinafter referred to as the Minimum Sentences Act)
Read More - S v Smith 2017 (1) SACR 520 (WCC)
Background Section 18 of the Riotous Assemblies Act 17 of 1956* provides as follows:
Read More - S v Serame 2019 (2) SACR 407 (GJ)
Acting Judge James Grant was presiding in this murder trial before the High Court in Johannesburg.
In Servamus: January 2019, Pollex, inter alia remarked that “we often hear about all the arrests that are made for the crime of public violence (Afrikaans: ‘openbare geweld’)”.

Letters - February 2020

Congratulations to these Servamus subscribers who have won books in the competition that was published in Servamus: November 2019.
I would thank you for your magazine’s article on Sinoville’s 16 days of activism published in the January 2020 issue of Servamus.
Retired police officers from Pietermaritzburg and Durban held their year-end functions at the end of 2019 in the respective cities.
Lede van die oud-Eenheid 19 kom jaarliks bymekaar om te kuier en op te vang met ander oud-lede.
February Magazine Cover

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