• The reality of prisons for many inmates is far from hoping to be rehabilitated. Instead, the reality is one of trying to protect oneself from the violence perpetrated on the inside. Read our article about the shocking reality of prison violence in the August 2017 issue of Servamus.

    The reality of prisons for many inmates is far from hoping to be rehabilitated. Instead, the reality is one of trying to protect oneself from the violence perpetrated on the inside. Read our article about the shocking reality of prison violence in the August 2017 issue of Servamus.

  • Some people seem to choose a life of violent crime. We ask whether it is due to an antisocial personality disorder or genes or whether other factors are at play. Read this interesting article in the August 2017 issue of Servamus.

    Some people seem to choose a life of violent crime. We ask whether it is due to an antisocial personality disorder or genes or whether other factors are at play. Read this interesting article in the August 2017 issue of Servamus.

  • Commercial crime is often regarded as “not so serious”. We prove the opposite in an article featured in the August 2017 issue of Servamus by giving a South African perspective to this very serious crime and the impact it has on the community and economy.

    Commercial crime is often regarded as “not so serious”. We prove the opposite in an article featured in the August 2017 issue of Servamus by giving a South African perspective to this very serious crime and the impact it has on the community and economy.

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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 - August 2017

Asanda Baninzi and Wox Mthuthuzeli Nombewu hijacked a sergeant based at the Langebaan Airforce Base and his girlfriend, then drove them to the Mawumawu area in Nyanga.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
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.
By Annalise Kempen
Normal, healthy people seldom dream about death. They do not see crime scenes and dead people when they close their eyes.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
For a period of 11 years the serial rapist and murderer, Jimmy Maketta, terrorised communities in the Philippi area near Cape Town.
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - August 2017

Read More - S v Parkins 2017 (1) SACR 235 (WCC)
Bradley Parkins (“the accused”) was convicted in the regional court sitting at Wynberg in the Cape Peninsula (“the trial court”) on the following six charges:
Read More - S v Mabitle 2017 (1) SACR 325 (NWM) and S v Monye and Another 2017 (1) SACR 329 (SCA)
In Ask Pollex in Servamus: August 2015, Pollex referred to a number of reported cases in respect of “contract killings”.
Read More In Servamus: June 2017, Pollex discussed the case of S v Hewitt 2017 (1) SACR 309 (SCA) (“the Hewitt case”). (The case involved the retired, world-renowned champion tennis player and instructor, Bob Hewitt.)
The Hewitt case was about three female complainants of whom two were raped and one was sexually assaulted (this offence was known as indecent assault at the time).
This month sees the last of our series of unlawful arrest and detention cases.

Letters - August 2017

Read More - An update (Servamus: December 2016
The telephone rings sharply in the charge office of Kliptown Police Station. The sergeant on duty looks up at the old clock hanging above the fireplace.
From 13 to 16 June 2017, members of the South African Police Service embarked on a trip to Mossel Bay for the Inter Provincial Soccer Championship, which was held at the D'Almeida sports ground.
Fathers’ Day was celebrated this year on 18 June, and I decided to run a special project under Social Crime Prevention for the fathers at Westville SAPS, with the wonderful support of some very gracious sponsors.
August 2017 Magazine Cover

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