• The “art” scene is not safe from infiltration by organised criminal groups that have no regard for the real value of these collector’s items. Read Servamus’s article from p39 about how art and cultural artifacts are traded for a range of illegal commodities, including firearms and drugs.

  • Servamus subscribers stand the chance of winning a BYRNA Less-lethal firearm (no need for permits). Turn to p31 of Servamus: December 2020 to find out what you need to do to win this awesome prize worth R7500!

  • Corruption ensures a flourishing illegal wildlife trade. Read the article published in Servamus: December 2020 from p26 to read about the drivers for this type of crime.

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It is with deep regret and sad hearts that we learnt about the passing of Kelly Ann de Villiers, the wife of W/O Jerome de Villiers. Kelly has supported and assisted retired police members of Pietermaritzburg and Durban. As the principal of Chistlehurst Academics and Arts she kindly granted us permission to utilise the school hall and other facilities where our meetings were held since October 2016. At our first meeting we walked into an exquisitely decorated hall and dining area with a rustic theme. Our dear Kelly had worked early into the morning preparing the hall. When we invited our Durban officers to Pietermaritzburg, she personally once again worked late into the night to decorate the hall beautifully with tables and chairs, flowers on each table for the members and our guests.

Farewell Kelly. We salute you for your friendly and kind demeanour towards us.

2 Corinthians 5:8 - “... absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”

We shall miss you walking into our monthly meetings just to say hi to everyone and to ensure that all was well.

On behalf of retired police officers in Pietermaritzburg and Durban. Farewell!

RIP. Hamba Kahle!

Logan Govender

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Servamus - December 2020

The term "organised crime" is associated with crimes involving "big money": cash-in-transit robberies, smuggling of precious metals and stones, smuggling of wildlife and animal parts, drug trafficking, cross-border vehicle crime and money laundering, to name a few.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
The concept of organised crime often evokes images of mafia- like figures and secret societies involved in drug trafficking and murder.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
The use of excessive force by law enforcers across the world is not uncommon.
By Prof André Buys
Since the Czech fugitive, Radovan Krejcir, entered South Africa with a false passport in 2007, the bodies of people associated with him have been piling up.
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - December 2020

Pollex also discussed the following court cases in Servamus: December 2020.
Read More - S v Mathekga and Another (Case no 717/2019) [2020] ZA SCA 77 (30 June 2020) (SCA)
Introduction This is a regrettable and most unfortunate case in which police officials shot and killed one of their own colleagues, and shot and wounded another.

Letters - December 2020

NAME: W/O L H Zandberg STATION: Pretoria Central SAPS
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.
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