• Plants can play a vital role in linking individuals to crime scenes: from the leaves we step on to the pollen that stick to our clothes. If you are curious about the secret language of plants and the link to crime scenes, be sure to read the article about Forensic Botany published in Servamus: September 2020.

  • Forensics is a fascinating science with a variety of subdisciplines that are used to link an individual to a crime scene. In an article published in Servamus: September 2020, we highlight some of the lesser known forensic disciplines.

  • Wildlife crime can be fought by using forensics, such as in poaching incidents where forensics is used to link seized rhino horn or ivory to a crime scene. If you want to read about the development of wildlife forensics, be sure to read the article in Servamus: September 2020.

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Capt Aubrey Moopeloa, the corporate Communication Officer of Evaton SAPS, retired from the South African Police Service on 30 June 2020 after 32 years' service as a dedicated and loyal member. He joined the police on 10 March 1988 after he was recruited at Sebokeng Police Station, affectionately known as Houtkop.

On 30 June 1988, he proceeded to Hammanskraal SAP College for further police training as a student. After successfully completing his training, he emerged as a constable on 23 November 1988 and was transferred to Krugersdorp Divisional office (Chamdor) Riot Unit 5.

Two years, later in 1990, he was transferred to Vanderbijlpark Riot Unit 23. In April 1991, he was transferred to Sharpeville where he spent 21 years both as an ordinary policeman and as the Sharpeville spokesperson.

On 18 June 2012, Capt Aubrey Moopeloa reported at Evaton SAPS as a new police spokesperson, a position which he held until his retirement. He noted that it has been a very good experience to work with the law-abiding citizens in the community and against criminals.

“The love of the community you serve at heart is the power behind the willingness. It has always been my interest to serve the community with dignity and respect and to defend the policy of the organisation I love so much. I will miss the blue uniform, the community I served for so long, my colleagues, the media industry and volunteers of the CPF structures I loved so much.”

“Thanks to my relatives, my family and everyone, especially my wife who supported me through thick and thin. God bless the management of Evaton police and the South African Police Service in general.”

All the best to Capt Moopeloa.

Brig H P Bischoff
Station Commander: Evaton SAPS

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Servamus - September 2020

When crimes are committed, the first thing criminals want to do is to get rid of the evidence that would link them to that crime.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
When Albert du Preez Myburgh abducted, sexually assaulted and murdered his close friend's eight-year-old daughter in May 1999, he did not realise that bugs would play a role in his conviction and sentence.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
When Sinja Robin Mabitsela and Josias Xaniseka Mkansi (also known as the Alexandra Balaclava serial rapists) started their raping spree, they did not realise that their DNA would be their downfall.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Imagine how challenging it must be for scientists to identify a victim when only skeleton remains are available… now imagine how much bigger this challenge becomes for forensic anthropologists when only burnt skeleton remains are available and they have to identify these bones.
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - September 2020

In Servamus: July 2020, Pollex published a legal quiz regarding the current/recent state of disaster. Please refer to that issue for the questions.

Letters - September 2020

The current COVID-19 pandemic which has affected many and claimed the lives of so many, is still continuing to be a global threat for which there is no cure.
Const Kwayo Louw (23), a policeman from Kraaifontein, was recently commended by the Western Cape Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz for his exemplary contribution towards his community in Kraaifontein.
Retired W/O Sham Singh, the first Indian Station Commander of Lenasia, celebrated his 80th birthday on 9 July 2020. A milestone birthday for anyone and it was even posted on Facebook.
September Magazine Cover

Servamus' Mission

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.