• Prevention is key to protecting our homes from fire. In this month’s Community Safety Tips published from p52 in Servamus: September 2021, we share information about the common causes of fire and what you have to do in case of fire.

  • It can be a headache for authorities to identify the bodies of deceased persons. article published from p22 in Servamus: September 2021 provides valuable information on how forensic science and databases can be used in the identification process.

  • With their keen sense of smell, biological body-fluid detection dogs play a vital role at rape and murder crime scenes. Our article published from p18 in Servamus: September 2021 explains their training, work and successes along with their human partners.

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Dudley Maharaj was born in Pietermaritzburg in 1936 and recently turned 85 years of age. He attended the St Anthony’s School in Retief Street and completed his secondary education at the old Woodlands Secondary School in Chota Motala Road (now the Forest High School).

After he matriculated, he attended the Springfield Training College of Education for Indians in Durban before he qualified as a teacher. During 1958 he married his dear wife who was also an educator. He taught at the Fountain Head School in Umkomaas and Louisiana School in Port Shepstone from 1959 to 1960. Dudley then quit the chalkboard to serve in the SA Police in its efforts to prevent and investigate crime.

Dudley joined the South African Police in April 1961 and served at Pietermaritzburg Central (Loop Street) until he was called up for police basic training at the SA Police, Indian Training Depot in Wentworth. While at the Police Training Depot he encountered two prominent brothers namely A G Vurdan and G V Govender (both deceased), all former stalwarts of Mountain Rise. He was one of the first Indians in the 1960s who joined the SA Police with a teaching qualification.

After completing his police basic training, he was reposted to Pietermaritzburg Central where he served until his promotion to the rank of second-class sergeant after which he was transferred to Plessislaer. After successfully completing the sergeant's examination, he was promoted and transferred to the Child Protection Unit, thereafter to Mountain Rise where he served for a number of years. He was respected among the Indian community and was affectionately known as “Station Commander Maharaj”. He was always neatly dressed in uniform, carried himself well and is eloquent in the English language. He was considered a senior among those that worked alongside him. Dudley Maharaj was respected by police members and civilians alike when off duty and punctual. He was considered a strict disciplinarian. Maharaj was transferred back to Plessislaer where he retired on 28 March 1993, with 32 years of meritorious and loyal service.

Recently Logan Govender and Brigadier Bala Naidoo visited Dudley Maharaj at his home. On behalf of the retired police members of Pietermaritzburg and Durban, we acknowledge and thank you for your unstinted service towards the SA Police and its various communities. You have served well. We respect and salute you.

Logan Govender
Retired police members of Pietermaritzburg and Durban


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Servamus - September 2021

The relatives of a Pietermaritzburg couple, who were shot dead in their bakkie on Old Greytown Road in March 2021, were angry when a young, close relative discovered a video making rounds on social media platforms showing the grisly scene.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
These days the media is able to cover almost every aspect of the criminal justice system, from the bloody crime scene and the arrest of the perpetrator, to the trial and eventually the sentencing of the perpetrator.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Blood dripping from stairs like waterfalls and maimed bodies; decomposed bodies covered with maggots; small children crying out in pain after being raped by someone they trus-ted; and women with bruised faces and bodies who shamefully try to hide their pain and humiliation are just a few scenarios that police members come across when they are called to a crime scene.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
One of the most familiar cold cases, which still boggles South Africans’ minds after all these years, is the Gert van Rooyen and Joey Haarhoff case, when at least six young girls mysteriously disappeared in the late 1980s.
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - September 2021

Act 7 of 2021 supra appears in English and Afrikaans in Government Gazette No 44650 dated 1 June 2021. It amends the Correctional Services Act 111 of 1998.
This Act 2 of 2020 is discussed comprehensively in Ask Pollex in Servamus: October 2020.
Read More - S v Josephs 2021(1) SACR 450 (WCC)
Relevant legislation Section 302 of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 (“the CPA”) provides as follows:
Read More - S v Tiry and Eight Others 2021(1) SACR 349 (SCA)
Factual background The principal complainants in this matter are Sasol and Engen who are producers of petroleum products.

Letters - September 2021

When police members turn 60, they are legally obliged to go on pension. Yet, that does not mean that they are "old".
Pollex noticed the following two letters in the regional newspaper Tyger Burger, dated 2 June 2021, which circulates in the Northern Suburbs in the Cape Peninsula.
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