• We are increasingly paying more attention to the damaging impact that environmental crime has on the environment and ecosystems, peace, security and development. Read the article in Servamus: September 2017 from pp 10 – 13.

    We are increasingly paying more attention to the damaging impact that environmental crime has on the environment and ecosystems, peace, security and development. Read the article in Servamus: September 2017 from pp 10 – 13.

  • Ever thought about the security risks associated with the illegal dumping of medical waste on dump sites in South Africa? We tell you more about prosecution and minimising the risk of cross-contamination. Read the article in Servamus: September 2017 from pp 34-35.

    Ever thought about the security risks associated with the illegal dumping of medical waste on dump sites in South Africa? We tell you more about prosecution and minimising the risk of cross-contamination. Read the article in Servamus: September 2017 from pp 34-35.

  • Did you know that there was a link between pollution and crime? We didn’t, until we researched the topic and found that exposure to toxic substances (including lead) was higher among violent criminals. Interesting! Read the article in Servamus: September 2017 from pp 31 – 33.

    Did you know that there was a link between pollution and crime? We didn’t, until we researched the topic and found that exposure to toxic substances (including lead) was higher among violent criminals. Interesting! Read the article in Servamus: September 2017 from pp 31 – 33.

  • Following a spate of criminal incidents around the OR Tambo International Airport, the Minister of Police unveiled the integrated multi-disciplinary tactical security plan for this national key point. Read the article in Servamus: September 2017 from pp 50-51.

    Following a spate of criminal incidents around the OR Tambo International Airport, the Minister of Police unveiled the integrated multi-disciplinary tactical security plan for this national key point. Read the article in Servamus: September 2017 from pp 50-51.

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By Annalise Kempen

Who will be the next National Commissioner of the SAPS? That is the question on many concerned South Africans' lips - especially those of police members, researchers and the SAPS's partners in the fight against crime. There is a chance that this question might already have been answered by the time that you read this article. But if it has not happened yet, then the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and Corruption Watch have valuable tips and guidelines about what the process of appointing the next National Commissioner of the SAPS and the Head of the Hawks should entail.

On 5 July 2017, Corruption Watch and the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) joined forces to launch a public awareness campaign at Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg, to focus on the process of determining the appointment of the National Commissioner of the SAPS and the Head of the Directorate of Priority Crime Investigations (DPCI [the Hawks]). ISS and Corruption Watch believe that both appointments require a transparent selection process against clear merit-based criteria and that a skilled police leader is key to curbing corruption and crime. David Lewis of Corruption Watch reminded attendees at the launch that the experience of instability of leadership in key law enforcement agencies has impacted seriously on the fight against corruption.

And just before someone criticises these organisations for being arrogant with their campaign, those critics should take note that such a process is exactly what the National Development Plan (NDP), which was adopted by Cabinet in 2012, recommends.

The NDP is clear in envisioning a professional police service to conform with minimum standards, which includes the appointment of the National Commissioner and his/her deputies which “should be appointed on a competitive basis. A section panel, established by the President, would select and interview candidates for these posts. Clear and objective criteria should be established to ensure that the incumbents are respected and held in high esteem by the police service and community”.

Why is having a qualified national commissioner vitally important?
The South African Police Service Act 68 of 1995 stipulates in section 11 that the National Commissioner may exercise the powers and shall perform the duties and functions necessary to give effect to section 218(1) of the Constitution. These powers, duties and functions referred to in that subsection shall include the power, duty and function to -
(a) develop a plan before the end of each financial year, setting out the priorities and objectives of policing for the following financial year;
(b) determine the fixed establishment of the Service and the number and grading of posts;
(c) determine the distribution of the numerical strength of the Service after consultation with the board;
(d) organise or reorganise the Service at national level into various components, units or groups;
(e) establish and maintain training institutions or centres for the training of students and other members;
(f) establish and maintain bureaus, depots, quarters, workshops or any other institution of any nature whatsoever, which may be expedient for the general management, control and maintenance of the Service; and
(g) perform any legal act or act in any legal capacity on behalf of the Service.

In his presentation during the launch of the ISS/Corruption Watch campaign, Gareth Newham, the Head of the Governance, Crime and Justice Division at ISS, said that what happens at the top of the organisation has a profound impact on the safety of South Africa. This impacts the country’s crime rate and ultimately also foreign investments in South Africa.

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[This is only an extract of an article published in Servamus: August 2017. The rest of this article looks at the history of the SAPS’s national commissioners; the characteristics of effective police leadership and proposed appointment process of the next National Commissioner of the SAPS. Contact Servamus’s offices to request the rest of the article by sending an e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phoning (012) 345 4660/22.]

Servamus - September 2017

In June 2017, two Chinese nationals were removed from an Istanbul-bound plane just before take-off at OR Tambo International Airport in Gauteng.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Elephants are hunted for their ivory and rhinos for their horns. Pangolins, lions and leopards are killed for the muti trade.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
It is a hot, peaceful summer's day in Africa. A herd of elephants is peacefully feeding on small bushes and trees on one of the plains while the persistent and deafening drone of the cicadas pulses through the air.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
When we throw something into the garbage bin, we seldom think about its destination. All the discarded plastic bags, broken cellphones and televisions, used batteries and bulbs, glass bottles and old stoves contribute in some way to environmental pollution.
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - September 2017

Read More - Director of Public Prosecutions, Western Cape v Parker 2015 (2) SACR 109 (SCA)
Step-in-Time Supermarket CC*, a registered Value-Added Tax (VAT) vendor (Afrikaans: “ondernemer”), and Mr Parker, its sole representative, were charged in the regional court in Bellville in the Cape Peninsula on a number of counts under the Income Tax Act 58 of 1962 and the Value-Added Tax Act 89 of 1991 (the VAT Act) respectively.
Read More - S V Mandlozi 2015 (2) SACR 258 (FB)
Ms Lindiwe Mandlozi, also known as Leopoldina Maconze (hereinafter referred to as the accused), was convicted before the regional court in Kroonstad in the Free State (the trial court) of contravention of section 5(b) of the Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act 140 of 1992, read together with certain specified provisions thereof.
Read More - S V Mukuyu 2017 (2) SACR 27 (GJ)
Section 51(2)(a)(i) of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 105 of 1997 (“Act 105 of 1997”) provides as follows: “51. Discretionary minimum sentences for certain serious offences
In a publication unrelated to Servamus, Pollex recently remarked as follows as far as Act 60 of 2000 is concerned:

Letters - September 2017

Two former police officers, viz Capt Saravanan Govender and Raju Ellapen, were honoured, appreciated and recognised for the enormous contributions and life-changing experiences they imparted into the lives of thousands of Indian policemen and -women at both the Wentworth and Chatsworth Indian Police Colleges.
The SAPS does not always get a good rap so I would like to commend your members on the dealings we had with them.
The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) would like to express our gratitude to members of Ladysmith and QwaQwa SAPS for their assistance with a donkey case recently handled by the NSPCA.
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’m extremely thankful to W/O Van Graan and his two colleagues, W/O Bothma and Sgt Manus from K9 Breede River Worcester, for “saving my life” following an incident on 4 July 2017.
September 2017 Magazine Cover

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