• 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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- Are you and your family prepared for disasters and extreme weather conditions?
Compiled by Annalise Kempen
Photo courtesy of Rescue SA

June 2017: Knysna and its surrounding areas - devastating fires.

August 2017: Houston, Texas - extreme floods.

Disasters don’t discriminate - they can happen at any time and any place and often when we least expect them. And worst of all, apart from the possibility of losing all our material possessions in the blink of an eye, we might have to bid a loved one goodbye in the process. The question to answer is whether there is anything that we can do to be better prepared for disasters.
There is a general principle that the likelihood of recovering from an emergency/disaster in future, depends on the planning and preparation we do today (Disaster management, Cape Town, Nd). Although the details may differ depending on the type of disaster, ie a wind storm versus a devastating fire, the principles of preparation remain similar.

Types of disasters
A disaster is defined as “a sudden accident or a natural catastrophe that causes great damage or loss of life” and “an event or fact that has unfortunate consequences” (English Oxford Living Dictionaries). In a booklet entitled Multi hazard awareness, the Department of Cooperative Governance, the National Disaster Management Centre and the South African Weather Service combined efforts to provide valuable information regarding various hazards that could cause destruction in the South African context. Although they might not lead to or be defined as disasters per se in terms of their extent, those who have been affected might suffer great damage to or loss of material possessions, or even risk life and limb. The following information about hazards has been extracted and adapted from the Multi hazard awareness booklet.

1. Floods

Floods happen when a large amount of water overflows beyond its normal limits, especially over what is normally dry land (English Oxford Living Dictionaries). Flooding can also refer to excessive water run-off or the rise in water levels in a particular area which is more than the particular environment can absorb or carry. It can happen along rivers; when tropical storms drive ocean water inland and cause significant flooding; in urban areas when urban developments (eg parking lots) cannot absorb natural rainfall and flash floods when an excessive amount of rain falls or a massive amount of water is suddenly released.

How to reduce the risk of flooding

  • Don’t build your house or dwelling on high-risk areas such as riverbeds and floodplains. Obey municipal rules and bylaws relating to building.

What should one do if flooding is imminent?

  • Listen for warnings on television and local radio stations. Local radio broadcasters are often in a better position to give details about a region than a national broadcaster as they are in constant contact with local emergency services and authorities and the Weather Service.
  • Move pets, vehicles, valuables and other items to safety.
  • Alert your neighbours, particularly the elderly, people in female- and child-headed households and people with special needs.
  • Be ready to turn off electricity and gas (get help if needed); unplug electrical items and move them to a higher place such as an upper floor or put them on cupboards if possible.
  • Cooperate with emergency services and local authorities as communities may be evacuated to a central assembly point.
  • Never try to swim through fast flowing water - you may get swept away or be struck by an object in the water.
  • Don’t walk along riverbanks or the promenade, or cross river bridges during flooding - they may collapse in extreme situations or you may be swept off your feet by large waves.
  • Avoid contact with floodwater as it may be contaminated with sewage.

What should you do if you are on the road?

  • Never attempt to cross a flooded river with or without a vehicle.
  • Never drive over a bridge when the bridge is submerged under water.
  • Avoid an open or partially closed storm water drainage system.

How can you safeguard yourself and your family?

  • Irrespective of the type of flood, head for higher ground and stay away from flood waters.
  • If you come across flood waters, turn around and get to higher ground.
  • Never try to walk, swim, drive or play in flood water.
  • If you are in a vehicle and become surrounded by water and you can get out safely, do so immediately and move to higher ground.

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[This is only an extract of an article published on pp 42-45 in Servamus: October 2017. The rest of this very article contains information which could mean the difference between life and death by discussing what you should do after returning home after a flood; what to do to prevent veld fires and caught in a fire; as well as what a heatwave is and what to be done during a heatwave. We also give tips of how to develop a family emergency plan for 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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