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Congratulations are in order for Lt-Col Marli Strydom from the Northern Cape who was awarded a bronze certificate during the sixth annual National Batho Pele Excellence Awards 2020. The ceremony was held on 30 October 2020 in Boksburg. The awards are regarded as a token of appreciation for government employees who go beyond the call of duty.

Lt-Col Strydom, who is the commander of the Galeshewe Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Unit in the Northern Cape, was the only nominee from her province for these awards. She received bronze in the category for Best Operational Employee of the Year among eight finalists in the category.

Brig Earl Mills, who nominated Lt-Col Strydom for the awards, noted that she is the perfect candidate for such an award as she is always the one who encourages her team and motivates them to be the best they can be. In addition, she gives swimming lessons to those who are previously disadvantaged in order to try and curb drownings in the community. Some of her colleagues also speak about her exceptional leadership and willingness to do more than what is expected of her.

When Lt-Col Strydom was asked for her comments after she was nominated earlier this year, she said that it was a huge honour for her to be nominated for the award, since it is an event for all government employees in South Africa.

“I thoroughly enjoy my job and it feels as if you have served your purpose if you have assisted only one person. I am very privileged to represent the SAPS,” she said.

These awards are presented in association with Old Mutual, Metropolitan and GEMS who provide financial and material support for these awards.

The provincial management of the SAPS in the Northern Cape is proud of Lt-Col Strydom’s outstanding accomplishment and performance and congratulates and applauds her on her achievement.


[Servamus would like to also extend a word of congratulations to Lt-Col Strydom on her achievement. It warms one’s heart to hear about police members who serve with such passion. We trust that this will serve as an encouragement to her colleagues across the country on what can be achieved if you walk the extra mile. Ed.]

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Servamus - January 2021

A lack of employment and job opportunities is often considered to be an important reason for criminal behaviour.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Towards the end of March 2020, the President, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, announced that as of midnight on 26 March 2020, South Africa would go into a "hard lockdown".
By Kotie Geldenhuys
The current worldwide COVID-19 pandemic which resulted in various lockdown levels across the world, has opened new opportunities for criminals to exploit people - especially in cyberspace.
By Annalise Kempen
Families across the world have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic which will likely have a long-lasting impact on public health and our well-being.
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - January 2021

Read More - S v Leshilo (345/2019) [2020] ZASCA 98 (8 September 2020) (SCA)
Mr Moshidi Danny Leshilo (hereinafter referred to as “the accused”), was accused 1 before the regional court, Pretoria (“the trial court”) where he was convicted on 11 June 2014 of housebreaking with the intent to commit an unknown offence in terms of section 262 of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 (count 1); the unlawful possession of a firearm (count 2); and the unlawful possession of ammunition (count 3).
Read More - S v JA 2017 (2) SACR 143 (NCK)
Mr JA, the accused who is from Port Nolloth on the northern part of the South African west coast, was convicted of rape before the regional court, Springbok in Namaqualand.
Read More - S v Ndlovu 2017 (2) SACR 305 (CC)
Relevant legislation (1) Section 3 of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act 32 of 2007 provides for the offence of rape simpliciter (Afrikaans: “sonder voorbehoud”).

Letters - January 2021

Hearty congratulations to Sgt T S Moletsane of the Beaufort West Stock Theft Unit who was awarded as the Best Member of a Stock Theft Unit - for the fourth consecutive year!
January Magazine Cover

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