• 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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By Kotie Geldenhuys

Social workers found Manny in the care of a Portuguese-speaking woman who was not his mother. As she did not look after him properly and was neglecting him, the Department of Social Development removed him from her care when he was two years old. In the meantime, this woman has disappeared. Manny has no documents and obviously no knowledge of where he was born or who his parents are. Manny has been living at a children’s home in Cape Town ever since. Because the Department of Home Affairs officials believe that Manny is a foreign national since he was found with a seemingly foreign woman, he remains unregistered. Manny is now 17 and will soon be regarded as an adult.

By Annalise Kempen

Imagine sending your children to a school where the teachers are armed with pistols? How outrageous and potentially lethal is such a thought? Shockingly that’s apparently not what the US President thought when he commented that “if he (a coach) had a firearm ... he would have shot and that would have ended”. This comment was made at the White House in Washington DC after yet another school shooting happened in Florida in the USA where 17 people were killed in February 2018. The US President was listening to and commenting on pleas from students and parents affected by mass shootings, who had met him to actually plea for meaningful action to curb gun violence.

Compiled by Annalise Kempen
Information provided by the Western Cape Department of Community Safety and the City of Cape Town
Photos provided by the City of Cape Town

“Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.” - Doug Firebaugh.

The word recognition is defined as “appreciation or acclaim for an achievement, service, or ability” (https://en.oxford-dictionaries.com). And even though we know from personal experience what a difference it makes to those whose achievements are recognised, we still fail to do it often enough.

On 26 March 2018, the Department of Community Safety, Western Cape Government and the City of Cape Town co-hosted a Neighbourhood Watch awards ceremony in Cape Town. The Table View Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) walked away with top honours during this first joint Neighbourhood Watch Awards ceremony.

By Kotie Geldenhuys
Photos provided by the NPA

“Ever since the incident, I’ve never felt the same and my life is not normal. I just became so down and not participated in conversations with my surroundings. The things you did to me, I blame myself, I blame God but the truth is it is all your fault. You may be going to jail but know that you have broken me. I didn’t live like a normal teenager and part of me has been taken away. You took away my precious gift and sometimes I just ask myself if I will ever live a normal life because what you did to me, really affected me.

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

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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.