• Despite heavy rains, the SAPS managed to host a successful national athletics championship in Pretoria at the end of March 2018. Read about the events and the winners in Servamus: May 2018 from pp 52-54.

    Despite heavy rains, the SAPS managed to host a successful national athletics championship in Pretoria at the end of March 2018. Read about the events and the winners in Servamus: May 2018 from pp 52-54.

  • Part 2 of our Crime Series discussing the shocking events of how Christopher Panayiotou had his lovely wife, Jayde, killed. Read about his conviction and sentence in Servamus: May 2018 from pp 34-43.

    Part 2 of our Crime Series discussing the shocking events of how Christopher Panayiotou had his lovely wife, Jayde, killed. Read about his conviction and sentence in Servamus: May 2018 from pp 34-43.

  • On 26 March 2018, the Western Cape Department of Community Safety and the City of Cape Town recognised the top Neighbourhood Watch structures in the Cape Town Metropole for their contribution to fight crime. Read the article in Servamus: May 2018 from pp 46-49.

    On 26 March 2018, the Western Cape Department of Community Safety and the City of Cape Town recognised the top Neighbourhood Watch structures in the Cape Town Metropole for their contribution to fight crime. Read the article in Servamus: May 2018 from pp 46-49.

  • Children should be taught about road safety from an early start – but parents have an equally important responsibility to ensure that the transport their children use to school is safe and registered. Read our articles in Servamus: May 2018 from pp 56-59.

    Children should be taught about road safety from an early start – but parents have an equally important responsibility to ensure that the transport their children use to school is safe and registered. Read our articles in Servamus: May 2018 from pp 56-59.

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- Police responses and the need to create more awareness
By Annalise Kempen

In January 2018, the Eastern Cape Trafficking in Persons Task Team, which is part of the Hawks, reunited a 22-year old woman with her family in King William's Town after they managed to rescue her at the O R Tambo International Airport, moments before she boarded a flight to a foreign African country. The woman, who is a qualified beauty therapist, responded to an online advertisement which sought to employ a beauty therapist in a foreign country. Upon application, she was told to travel immediately from East London to Gauteng, where she was advised that she will be travelling to an African country. Her mother's sixth sense about the trip resulted in her making contact with the Hawks, who contacted Interpol to establish the legitimacy of the beauty parlour ... which was found to be a restaurant. Had it not been for her mother and the excellent work done by the Hawks, South Africa would have lost another victim to human trafficking - one of many, it is estimated. This case made us wonder whether the human trafficking situation in South Africa is really as bad as many people claim.

By Kotie Geldenhuys

We often stand amazed at what can be found on the Internet and it is no surprise that the Internet is used as a tool to commit crime. Technology gives traditional forms of crime, especially organised crime, a new dimension. Money laundering, drug sales, distribution of child abuse material and prostitution have evolved as a result of technological developments. The Internet also offers human traffickers unprecedented opportunities, which they have been quick to exploit. They have found new ways of marketing and delivering women and children into appalling conditions of sexual exploitation and modern day slavery.

By Annalise Kempen

When the businessman Omar Carrim was reported as missing after he had left his business in Pretoria Central on 3 August 2017, it did not take long for social media to catch onto the event and soon the hashtag #kidnappings was doing the rounds. Regular updates were given by crime activist Yusuf Abramjee and eventually, 137 days later, it was reported that the frail 76-year-old victim had been found and reunited with his family.

- Looking for a better future
By Kotie Geldenhuys

It is hot where Chuma has been hiding for hours behind a bush, observing the sandy riverbed and the bushes on the other side. He knows that once he makes it unnoticed through the dry riverbed, he will be in South Africa illegally and might be confronted by the police and even deported back to Zimbabwe. But to escape poverty and political instability in his home country, it is worth the risk. Maybe he will make it and find a good job and a better future.

Servamus -May 2018

“Ever since the incident, I’ve never felt the same and my life is not normal."
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Imagine sending your children to a school where the teachers are armed with pistols?
By Annalise Kempen
“Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.” - Doug Firebaugh.
By Annalise Kempen
Social workers found Manny in the care of a Portuguese-speaking woman who was not his mother.
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - May 2018

Read More - S V DW 2017 (1) SACR 336 (NCK)
The accused, Mr DW, appeared before the magistrates’ court (apparently in the town of Kakamas, near Upington), on a charge of housebreaking with intent to commit an offence unknown to the prosecutor*.
Read More - S V MM 2018 (1) SACR 18 (GP)
Section 7 of the Child Justice Act 75 of 2008 (“the CJA”) provides as follows: “7. Minimum age of criminal capacity
Read More - NDPP v Mr PDP and Others 2017 (2) SACR 577 (NCK)
First, Pollex was told that only a person with a valid driving licence can be the owner of a motor vehicle, except when such person pays cash for the motor vehicle concerned.

Letters - May 2018

Lt-Col V G Naidoo, a retired police officer from Durban, received an honorary membership of the SAPS Athletics Association for his invaluable contribution to the sport over a number of years.
The Special Investigations Unit of the National Council of SPCAs has been strongly supported by the West Rand K9 Unit and has been assisted by some very dedicated and passionate police officials in their endeavours to bring the perpetrators of animal cruelty to justice.
Following the excellent investigation conducted by Capt Swanepoel, Adv Marius Stander, senior state advocate, wrote the following evaluation report in recognition of Capt Swanepoel's service and in order for him to be considered for an award.
May 2018 Magazine Cover

Servamus' Mission

Servamus is a community-based safety and security magazine for both members of the community as well as safety and security practitioners with the aim of increasing knowledge and sharing information, dedicated to improving their expertise, professionalism and service delivery standards. It promotes sound crime management practices, freedom of speech, education, training, information sharing and a networking platform.