• It is impossible to understand how parents can physically abuse and neglect their own children, and yet it happens. We remind our readers about what child abuse entails in a comprehensive article published in Servamus: May 2020.

    It is impossible to understand how parents can physically abuse and neglect their own children, and yet it happens. We remind our readers about what child abuse entails in a comprehensive article published in Servamus: May 2020.

  • The Springs Monster case is probably one of the worst child abuse cases in recent years. We bring you the first part of this crime series in the May 2020 issue of Servamus. A shocking, must-read for all.

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  • Bullying and cyberbullying are realities for children across the world. We explain the details of both types in detail and what could be done to identify and prevent it. Be informed and read both articles in Servamus: May 2020

    Bullying and cyberbullying are realities for children across the world. We explain the details of both types in detail and what could be done to identify and prevent it. Be informed and read both articles in Servamus: May 2020

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- SAPS 7th National Excellence Awards

Compiled by Pelican Baloyi
Photos by Capt Ndanduleni Nyambeni, SAPS Publications

The National Excellence Awards is an annual event hosted by the South African Police Service to recognise and reward outstanding performance in the SAPS, including that of support staff, reservists and community police forums. Recipients displayed extraordinary excellence and commitment in the execution of their daily duties. One of the many members who won an award that night was, W/O Severiano Blundin, who was voted the Laurette winner.

His commitment, relentless and consistent efforts in the fight against crime, was the reason why W/O Severiano Blundin from the Port Elizabeth Flying Squad was voted by the audience as the overall winner of the night. He not only received the keys to a brand-new car, but prior to the voting process, he also received the award as the Visible Policing Member of the Year.

What makes W/O Blundin a winner?
During the 2018/2019 financial year, he made 102 arrests, recovered 39 firearms, 24 magazines and 105 rounds of ammunition. He went on to recover 56 vehicles that had been hijacked, stolen or used to commit crime. He also recovered various items of stolen property to the value of R1.8 million, R210 000 in cash as well as drugs with an estimated street value of R620 000.

But it was his story of courage and fearlessness that won the hearts and minds of the audience. On 16 January 2019, W/O Blundin spotted a suspicious-looking vehicle and pursued it, although he was off-duty at the time. It was discovered that this vehicle had been involved in a shooting earlier that day. A high-speed chase ensued that led to a shoot-out between the policeman and a well-known gang leader in the area. The suspect was fatally wounded and this incident led to the recovery of 18 firearms on that specific day.

W/O Blundin was thrilled to have won his prize: "I feel very excited and at the same time I'm very grateful to the Lord for giving me this opportunity to win such an award and a brand new vehicle. I would like to encourage my colleagues in the SAPS not to give up on their goals but instead to push through until they reach the top. Let us all continue to strive to make South Africa a safer place."

This annual awards ceremony is one of the very few moments where the SAPS allows the men and women in blue to take time off from their often strenuous and challenging duties to relax, unwind and enjoy themselves.

"You all have made an invaluable contribution, not only to the SAPS as an organisation, but also to our country and the communities you serve, you have not done this in expectation of any award, but because service and loyalty are deeply embedded in your characters. For this we say thank you. We must however remain on a steadfast course on our journey to a safer South Africa. All this in essence, to realise the objectives of the National Development Plan, Vision 2030 and the Turnaround Vision of the SAPS," said the National Commissioner of the SAPS, Gen Khehla Sitole at the event that was hosted on 26 January 2020 in Port Elizabeth.

THE WINNERS
During the awards ceremony, which preceded National Police Day, winners in various categories were awarded for the employee's achievement towards the strategic objectives of the organisation, the employee's dedication to duty (for example the extent to which the employee goes the extra mile and beyond the call of duty), the creativity, initiative, innovation and resourcefulness displayed by the employee to contribute positively towards service delivery, the employee's impact and value added to service delivery, and the employee's attributes (compliance to the Code of Conduct, discipline, professionalism and/or any other extraordinary circumstance(s) that were observed).

Administration employee of the year level 1-4
M N Madlobha who works as a groundsman at SAPS Ingongo in KwaZulu-Natal was crowned winner in this category. The other two finalists were Foreman K A Cele from Cedarville SAPS, Eastern Cape and security officer J R Sithole who was a police reservist for two years before he started working as a security officer in the Division: Visible Policing.

Administration employee of the year level 5-7
Aliza Els, who works as an administration clerk at Hartbeespoortdam SAPS, North West, was crowned as the winner in this category. The two other finalists were AC J J Cloete from Nababeep Detective Services, Northern Cape and SPAC D du Plessis from Kenton-on-Sea Detective Services, Eastern Cape.

Administration employee of the year level 8-12
Capt L T le Roux is the Sub-Section Commander, Communication Services at Brighton Beach SAPS in KwaZulu-Natal and crowned winner in the category administration employee of the year (Level 8-12). The other two finalists were Col D P Iyer, the Transport Manager at SCM in Limpopo and Lt-Col D C de Kock, the Support Head at Port Alfred SAPS, Eastern Cape.

Administration team of the year
The Service Terminations Team in the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Office under the command of Lt-Col F S Masondo received the award. The two other finalists in this category were Human Resource

Management in Mankweng Cluster in Limpopo under the command of Lt-Col Mamaregane and Supply Chain Management from North West Provincial Head Office under the command of Col S M M Mpungose.

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[This is only an extract of an article published in Servamus: March 2020 from pp 42-51. The rest of the article recognises each of the winners and finalists in the different categories. If you are interested in reading the rest of this comprehensive article, send an e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact us at tel: (012) 345 4660 to find out how. Ed.]

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Servamus - May 2020

It was a difficult start to the 2020 school year. In Gauteng, several learners had died in various tragic accidents.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
When the news broke in January 2020 about a schoolboy who had drowned during a school orientation camp in North West, many parents were impacted by the fact that something similar could so easily happen to their own children.
By Annalise Kempen
It boggles one's mind when the innocence of a child meets the severity of a violent crime like murder.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Do you realise that bullying is a form of child abuse? It is so serious that the legislature specifically mentions it in the Children’s Act 38 of 2005 where “abuse”, in relation to a child, means any form of harm or ill-treatment deliberately inflicted on a child, and includes bullying by another child.
By Annalise Kempen

Pollex - May 2020

Read More - S V Garland 2019 (2) SACR 162 (WCC)
Mr Garland, the accused, is currently approximately 26 years old. On 24 June 2011, when he was 17 years old, he was apprehended in his mother’s residence in the town of Montagu*, for the unlawful possession of a small quantity of cannabis (dagga).
Read More - Msongelwa V Minister of Police (112/2012) [2020] ZAECMHC 10 (17 March 2020) (EMC)
The plaintiff (Afrikaans: “eiser”), Mr Nkululeko Msongelwa, was arrested on 7 August 2011 at a tavern in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, where he and his friends were enjoying themselves.
In recent years, South Africa has had its fair share of disasters (Afrikaans: “rampe”).

Letters - May 2020

My chains are gone I've been set free My God, my Saviour has ransomed me And like a flood, His mercy rains Unending love, Amazing Grace
Read More Maj-Gen Tertius Geldenhuys (7 May 1955 to 14 April 2020)
The South African Police Service mourns the tragic loss of Maj-Gen Tertius Geldenhuys who passed away on 14 April 2020.
Oom Piet Kleu, a 94-year-old former provincial road traffic inspector, invited by Daniel Seevaraj, a former police member who also became a prominent senior Pietermaritzburg road traffic inspector, graced our presence at our last meeting of retired police officers at Chistlehurst Academics and Arts.
Read More Huldeblyk - Jan Willem (Toffie) Jansen van Vuuren (6 Januarie 1952 - 18 Maart 2020)
”Dis die enigste manier om vooruit te gaan in die lewe - studeer, studeer, studeer … Studies gee vir mens kennis, en kennis is mag.”
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