• 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 Kotie Geldenhuys
Photos © 2016 GroundUp

"In many countries, climate change is magnifying risks and increasing the cost of disasters, a trend seen in South Africa given the current drought, the severe weather events and flooding experienced each year." - 2015 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction.

When speaking about natural disasters, we tend to think about earthquakes, such as the August 2016 earthquake in Italy in which at least 247 people were killed (www.telegraph. co.uk/news/2016/08/24/italy-earthquake-at-least-73-dead-including-many-children-as-apo); Hurricane Matthew, which hit Haiti and the Bahamas in October 2016 and in which more than 500 people were killed; and the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011 during which more than 15 000 people were killed (http://india-today.into-day.in/education/ story/japan-earth-quake-and-tsunami-of-2011/1/429914. html). But disasters do not only happen in faraway countries - we recently saw a number of disasters hitting South Africa with devastating effects.

Climate change per se may not have been responsible for the recent natural disasters, but there is a strong likelihood that it will impact future catastrophes. Climate models provide a glimpse of the future and although these models do not all share similar details, the majority of models predict a few general trends. These include an increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere which will probably boost temperatures over most land surfaces further, but the exact change will vary regionally. An increase in global temperatures leads to an increased risk of drought and increased intensity of storms, such as tropical cyclones with higher wind speeds (https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/RisingCost/rising_cost5.php). According to the Norwegian Refugee Council, climate change causes poverty and food shortages, and forces even higher numbers of men, women and children to flee their homes. On average, 26 million people are displaced by disasters such as floods and storms every year. That amounts to one person being forced to flee almost every second (www.nrc.no/what-we-do/speaking-up-for-rights/climate-change).

The National Disaster Management Centre
Prior to 1994, the South African government's approach to dealing with disasters was based on the perception that disasters were inevitable and could not be prevented. Accordingly, the management of disasters was restricted to emergency preparedness and response and recovery operations. As a result, the disaster risk management function traditionally found itself in a line function department. In the national and provincial spheres, this was usually the department responsible for provincial and/or local government. In the municipal sphere, the function was often linked to the safety and security portfolio or even in some cases to the fire services function. After the 1994 elections, the government called for a new policy to be developed that would shift the emphasis away from only dealing with disasters once they had occurred to adopting measures to prevent or reduce the risk of disasters. A key aspect of this new policy is the integration of disaster risk reduction strategies into existing and future developmental policies, plans and projects in order to develop robust and resilient individuals, households, communities and areas.

This decision to institutionalise formal disaster risk reduction led to the promulgation of the White Paper on Disaster Management in 1999, the Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002 and the National Disaster Management Framework (NDMF) in 2005. Together, these legal instruments brought about a total transformation in the state's approach to disaster risk management by establishing an enabling political environment for mainstreaming risk reduction in developmental initiatives in South Africa.

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[This is only an extract of an article published on pp 10-13 in Servamus: October 2017. The rest of this article discusses different weather-related hazards, including fires; floods; windstorms and drought; as well as what the approach should be to address drought conditions. The article concludes with the important question of whether SA is prepared to deal with disasters. Contact Servamus’s offices to request the rest of this interesting 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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