• Servamus interviewed a few former police members to find out about their “lives after the police” and a community member who joins the fight against crime – especially environmental crime. Read their stories from pp 20-26 in Servamus: November 2017.

    Servamus interviewed a few former police members to find out about their “lives after the police” and a community member who joins the fight against crime – especially environmental crime. Read their stories from pp 20-26 in Servamus: November 2017.

  • With the latest crime statistics being released at the end of October, it sketches a less positive picture. We look at alternative ways in which citizens choose to protect themselves. Read the article from pp 14-19 in Servamus: November 2017.

    With the latest crime statistics being released at the end of October, it sketches a less positive picture. We look at alternative ways in which citizens choose to protect themselves. Read the article from pp 14-19 in Servamus: November 2017.

  • It is always a privilege to participate in awards ceremonies where excellent police work is recognised. Thanks to Trackers individual police members and units have been awarded for their fight against vehicle crime for the 18th time! Read the article from pp 46-49 in Servamus: November 2017.

    It is always a privilege to participate in awards ceremonies where excellent police work is recognised. Thanks to Trackers individual police members and units have been awarded for their fight against vehicle crime for the 18th time! Read the article from pp 46-49 in Servamus: November 2017.

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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 - November 2017

Police members who are passionate about making a difference warm my heart.
By Annalise Kempen
Almost 200 years ago, in 1829, the world's first police force was created by Sir Robert Peel.
By Annalise Kempen
In October 2000, a police official was seriously injured when he foiled a bank robbery in the Bedfordview centre near Johannesburg after two men robbed the Standard Bank of a large amount of cash.
By Annalise Kempen
During the first weekend of October 2017, there was a huge outcry on social media following the spreading of a video showing an incident at a supermarket in Gauteng where security officers assaulted a woman while her crying three-year-old toddler bore witness to her mother's ordeal.
By Annalise Kempen

Pollex - November 2017

Section 165 of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 (“the CPA”) provides as follows:
Read More - S V Sebofi 2015 (2) SACR 179 (GJ)
Mr Sebofi (the accused) was convicted on two counts of rape by the regional court in Roodepoort (the trial court), and sentenced to life incarceration.
In the case of Jordaan and Others v City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality and Others [2017] ZACC 31 (CC), a full bench of 11 judges of our Constitutional Court unanimously declared that, on transfer of property, a new owner is NOT liable for debts (Afrikaans: "skuld") arising BEFORE transfer of the property under section 118(3) of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act 32 of 2000.
Read More - Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Gauteng v MG 2017 (2) SACR 132 (SCA)
Background Section 57(1) of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act 32 of 2007 provides as follows:
In Servamus: June 2015 Pollex briefly referred to two Draft White Papers* that had appeared on 3 March 2015 and on which the public were asked to comment.

Letters - November 2017

Recently, former officers of the SAPS from Pietermaritzburg were invited by officers from Durban to meet at the Japanese Gardens, Durban North, to get to know each other.
Police members from Napier Police Station were busy with crime prevention duties in Sarel Cilliers Street in Napier when a white Nissan Tida, driving at a high speed, passed them around 23:00 on 11 October 2017.
After nearly two years of devotion to a case of aggravated robbery, a Westville SAPS detective secured 15 yearsentences for two accused in a Pinetown court during the end of September 2017.
November 2017 Magazine Cover

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