• 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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Compiled by Kotie Geldenhuys

Many people grew up without the Internet and the excitement of social media, but platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and WhatsApp opened up a whole new world of communication to millions of people. Clement (2019) argues that the number of worldwide social network users is expected to grow from 2.65 billion in 2018 to around 3.02 billion in 2021, around a third of the entire global population. As Internet access and smartphone use expand worldwide, social media use shows no signs of slowing down. Social media however doesn’t always have to be entertaining: it can also be an excellent policing tool.

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By Annalise Kempen

Fact:
25 November to 10 December = 16 Days of Activism of No Violence against Women and Children.

Fact:
South Africa’s rate of femicide is among the highest in the world.

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The story behind the numbers needs to be taken seriously and action needs to be taken
By Annalise Kempen

Each year in September when police management releases the annual crime statistics for the previous financial year, we have come to expect more of the same bad news. One can almost compare it to ordering food at a restaurant: you know what you will be getting, but the question is whether the quality of the food will live up to your expectations. When South Africa's crime statistics are released each year, we are in a similar position since we are prepared that whatever the police will be telling us, is likely not to be good news. This is in part because we are continuously bombarded by news about crime on various platforms and also because many of us have either experienced crime first-hand as victims or as first responders to violent crime scenes.

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Compiled by Kotie Geldenhuys

A man who was not considered to be a primary suspect in a murder case, sat at one end of the table, carefully crafting his answers to the FBI agent’s questions. Although he had a believable alibi, the agent pressed on with the questions nevertheless. With the suspect’s consent, he was asked a series of questions about the murder weapon:

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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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