• Teenagers and alcohol don’t mix. What are parents’ responsibilities to ensure that their children don’t abuse alcohol? We give a variety of tips in our Community Safety feature in the June 2017 issue of Servamus.

  • Tennis star Bob Hewitt found guilty 30 years after committing sexual abuse against those he coached. Read the details about what had happened in the Crime Series published in the June 2017 issue of Servamus.

  • Sexting – the exchange of sexual messages or images – is a reality in schools. Teachers and learners are perpetrators and it is important to know about the dangers. Read our article in the June 2017 issue of Servamus.

  • Teenage alcohol abuse combined with sexting can have devastating & deadly consequences. Parents need to get involved to prevent their children from becoming victims. Read our article in the June 2017 issue of Servamus.

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Article compiled by Annalise Kempen 

Photos by W/O Ndanduleni Nyambeni

Throughout the years of reading about and attending National Police Day events hosted each year on 27 January, I always thought to myself that this is the ideal day to reward and recognise those police members who are "true to the blue". After all, the purpose of National Police Day is for the SAPS to remember the sacrifices that our men and women in blue have made and continue to make as they provide safety for all who live in South Africa, and to thank them for doing so.

Lt-Gen Lineo Ntshiea, the Divisional Commissioner of Personnel Management, wrote the following in the National Excellence Awards booklet: "Annually, 27 January is the day on which we thank all the employees of the SAPS who have lived up to their pledge to serve and protect, and who have made the nation proud. It is, therefore, fitting that we hold the National Excellence Awards on this day to show our appreciation to the men and women who stood out as being truly dedicated to their calling and who have excelled in the performance of their duties, their commitment to uplift needy communities or who have performed acts of exceptional bravery. Indeed, they are our brightest stars; may they continue to shine and set an example to their colleagues, both junior and senior to them in rank."

On 27 January 2017, the Superbowl at Sun City played host to the fourth annual National Excellence Awards, where nominees and their colleagues gathered in anticipation, wanting to know who was to going to walk away with the national excellence award in each of the categories. The Minister and Deputy Minister of Police, the SAPS’s top management and Police Chiefs from neighbouring countries, attended the event to share in our police members' moments of recognition.


The winners

Administration Employee of the Year: level 1-7

Winner: AC Grant D Strydom, Pinetown SAPS, KwaZulu-Natal.

Finalists: Foreman W Lewies, Grabouw SAPS and PAC C M Collins, Gauteng.


Administration Employee of the Year: level 8-12

Winner: Lt-Col Hilton Henstock, Human Resources, Brakpan SAPS, Gauteng.

Finalists: Lt-Col M J Botha, Mankweng SAPS and Lt-Col K Govender, KwaZulu-Natal.

Administration Team of the Year

Winner: Disciplinary Trial Team, Northern Cape - Lt-Col M S Nkosi

Finalists: Recruitment and Staffing, Personnel Management, HO - Brig E J Tait; and Human Resource Utilisation, Free State - Col S J Tladi.


Visible Policing Employee of the Year: level 5-7

Winner: Const Diresh Naidoo. Const Naidoo is stationed at Vrede SAPS, Free State, as a community policing official. One of the social crime prevention projects that he has implemented involved the numbering of houses with reflective paint to make it easier for emergency services and the police to locate an address. He has also involved the K9 Unit in the prevention of the use of drugs, which was increasing in Vrede and which has resulted in the arrest of dealers. Const Naidoo initiated Sports and Art Against Crime projects to keep the youth busy in their leisure time; and has been encouraging the engraving and marking of property to reduce theft, since it is difficult to sell marked property. Const Naidoo further assisted in four housebreaking and theft cases, resulting in the arrest of 20 suspects for the possession of suspected stolen property and arrests for stock theft and robberies, as well as the recovery of property, including a firearm and ammunition.

The other two finalists were W/O A Douglas from Ceres SAPS (read a related article about some of W/O Douglas’s work in Servamus: January 2013) and W/O A S J Erasmus from the K9 Unit in the Vryburg Cluster.

[This is only an extract of an article published in Servamus: March 2017 which features all the winners at the 2017 National Excellence Awards. This is a feel-good article which fills one with pride at the good work that is done by many police members. To obtain the rest of the article, contact Servamus’s offices at tel: (012) 345 4660/41 or send an e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

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Letters - Jun 2017

I am a retired member of the SAPS and I collect all kinds of SAPS memorabilia from the inception of the South African Police in 1913 right to the present.
I am a retired member of the South African Police Service (SAPS) and I would like to purchase a blue leather uniform jacket as worn by SAPS members.
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June 2017 Magazine Cover

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