• The police or army alone CANNOT solve the gang problem! We explain why in a comprehensive article published in Servamus: February 2020, from p 30 to p 35.

    The police or army alone CANNOT solve the gang problem! We explain why in a comprehensive article published in Servamus: February 2020, from p 30 to p 35.

  • Are outlaw motorcycle and mobile gangs, macho men or criminals on bikes? We ask whether anything good comes from these gangs? Read the article in Servamus: February 2020, from p 26 to p 29.

    Are outlaw motorcycle and mobile gangs, macho men or criminals on bikes? We ask whether anything good comes from these gangs? Read the article in Servamus: February 2020, from p 26 to p 29.

  • A total of 4971 new, eager constables joined the SAPS in December 2019 when their passing-out parades were held. Read about their training in Servamus: February 2020, from p 60 to p 61.

    A total of 4971 new, eager constables joined the SAPS in December 2019 when their passing-out parades were held. Read about their training in Servamus: February 2020, from p 60 to p 61.

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Compiled by Kotie Geldenhuys

It is just after 05:00 in a cold, windy and rainy Cape Town when the packed train pulls onto platform three. Commuters rush into the already full train and try to find a place to stand, or if they are lucky, to sit. Others hang out of the open door. The only thing that is important to these commuters, is to get a space on the train with the hope that they will make it to work on time.

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It’s about more than money … it’s about making a difference
By Annalise Kempen

One of the very sad consequences of every holiday season is the high number of vehicle crashes happening on our roads - not only resulting in people losing loved ones, but also leaving many drivers and passengers seriously injured or even disabled. Despite these tragedies, we tend to forget about the victims or to ask whether anyone would be there to support them on their road to recovery, help to cover their future medical expenses, or compensate for their loss of income.

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Ever considered your health and fitness to be a “road hazard”?
Compiled by Annalise Kempen

A lot is being said and written about vehicle fitness and road-worthiness, but what about your own fitness to drive a vehicle? Are you mentally and physically up for the challenge of driving in rush-hour traffic amidst lunatics, slogs, inexperienced and even illegal drivers? If you are a long-distance driver who has to concentrate for hours on end or an emergency worker who has no choice but to rush to scenes, the impact on your health may be even worse.

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Compiled by Kotie Geldenhuys

In South Africa, fatalities due to vehicle crashes are a major contributor to unnatural deaths impacting negatively on our economic development and growth. The government and other road safety role-players are of the opinion that the introduction of a demerit point system will have a positive impact on the carnage on our roads. During the launch of Transport Month in Gauteng in October 2019, Pres Cyril Ramaphosa said: “AARTO is one of the interventions to forge a more effective and efficient link between enforcement and a transparent and fair adjudication process. The Act promotes responsible behaviour on our roads through the creation of a demerit system, which introduces meaningful consequences for reckless, negligent and inconsiderate conduct” (Lindwa, 2019).

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Servamus - February 2020

Imagine seeing death even before you are old enough to go to primary school.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
When members from the 26 and 28 number gangs engaged in a battle during August 2018, it caused havoc at the Pollsmoor Correctional Centre.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
In a country where there is limited trust in the authorities, many communities welcome vigilante or mob justice groups that promise to stop gang violence and other crime in their areas.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Imagine a 12-year-old primary schoolchild peddling drugs at school for a gang!
By Annalise Kempen

Pollex - February 2020

Read More - Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Gauteng Division, Pretoria v Hamisi 2018 (2) SACR 230 (SCA)
Section 51(1), read together with the item “rape” as referred to in Part I of Schedule 2 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 105 of 1997 (hereinafter referred to as the Minimum Sentences Act)
Read More - S v Smith 2017 (1) SACR 520 (WCC)
Background Section 18 of the Riotous Assemblies Act 17 of 1956* provides as follows:
Read More - S v Serame 2019 (2) SACR 407 (GJ)
Acting Judge James Grant was presiding in this murder trial before the High Court in Johannesburg.
In Servamus: January 2019, Pollex, inter alia remarked that “we often hear about all the arrests that are made for the crime of public violence (Afrikaans: ‘openbare geweld’)”.

Letters - February 2020

Congratulations to these Servamus subscribers who have won books in the competition that was published in Servamus: November 2019.
I would thank you for your magazine’s article on Sinoville’s 16 days of activism published in the January 2020 issue of Servamus.
Retired police officers from Pietermaritzburg and Durban held their year-end functions at the end of 2019 in the respective cities.
Lede van die oud-Eenheid 19 kom jaarliks bymekaar om te kuier en op te vang met ander oud-lede.
February 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.