• SABRIC recently released its annual banking crime statistics. We inform you about the banking-related crimes that increased and decreased so that you can mitigate the risks. Read the article published in Servamus: August 2020 on p40 to p41.

  • Do you have a problem with gambling? We provide tips on how to identify if you have a problem; remind you about legal versus illegal gambling/betting and where to get help. Read the article published in Servamus: August 2020 on p50 to p53.

  • Chief Kenny Africa, also known as Mr 24-7 has served the road safety community for more than four decades. He retired on 31 July 2020. Read more about his passions, highlights and the message he has for young traffic officers in an article published in Servamus: August 2020 on p58 and p59.

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W/O Mike Nagamuthoo, a former stalwart police detective, celebrated a milestone birthday in August 2019 when he turned 85 years old.

He was born at the infamous “Magazine Barracks” in Greyville, Durban on 29 August 1934. But his family were forced to relocate to “Glasgow”, Verulam after his father took ill.

After he finished his school career at Verulam High, he was enlisted into the police in 1958 and posted to Wentworth for a short period whereafter he was sent to Clairwood before he started his basic training at the Wentworth Police Depot, as it was called in those days.

After he completed his six months’ training he was reposted to Clairwood where he spent a number of years before being transferred to Loop Street and then to Mountain Rise in 1968. There he worked under the command of Capt Tinus Nel and the legendary Capt Bob Sewpersad.

Whilst serving at Mountain Rise, he was head of the CID.

In 1984, he was posted to the Guard Unit, Cape Town until his retirement in 1992.

Logan Govender remembers Detective Nagamuthoo as a humble person who is to this day still a disciplined member. Capt Bob Sewpersad, W/O Suklall and Detective Gops Reddy are a few of the surviving former Indian police officers who are in their 80s. Being over 80 years old is an exceptional feat among former police members as they were typically faced with numerous challenging and stressful situations during the course and execution of their duties. This has left them vulnerable to the many illnesses and afflictions in consequence of their work circumstances.

W/O Mike Nagamuthoo is an encouragement and inspiration to everyone he comes into contact with. To my knowledge, only two officers have shared the name “Nagamuthoo” of which Mike is one. The other is Brigadier Natty Govender, the former Head of Organisational and Strategic Planning. At meetings, retired officers of the social club will hasten to gather around him, eagerly enquiring about his “secret” for longevity and sharing in his life experiences. He has an exercise and diet programme which he regularly follows.

W/O Mike Nagamuthoo retired at the age of 60 after serving SAPS and the various communities of South Africa. He is still married to his dear wife Angie, now 76 years old - they have three children, seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Mike and his dear wife have travelled extensively through Europe and the East.

Mike endeavours to attend every meeting of the retired police members in KZN whether it is in Pietermaritzburg or Durban. Considering his age, this is considered a remarkable achievement.

Congratulations Mike!

Logan Govender

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Servamus - August 2020

Over the last couple of years, far too many institutions and businesses in South Africa have taken on the unmistakable stench of moral rot. Corporate giants such as VBS Mutual Bank, Bosasa and Steinhoff have traded blue chip credibility for white-collar callousness.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
With tax season upon us, many people will again try not to pay the full share of what they owe the taxman in income taxes.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Let us be honest, many people have a love-hate relationship with insurance companies, often because they believe that they were not paid what was due to them after having submitted a claim.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
We all complain about the high costs of private healthcare and the monthly contributions we have to pay.
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - August 2020

Again the handing back of the firearm by the SAPS in a domestic violence-related relationship - S v N 2016 (2) SACR 436 (KZP);
Read More - S v Chinridze 2015 (1) SACR 364 (GP)
Introduction In terms of section 51, read together with Part I of Schedule 2 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 105 of 1997 (which provides for discretionary minimum sentences), an accused person who is convicted of rape in contravention of section 3 of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act 32 of 2007, and where the victim is, inter alia, a person under the age of 16 years or is a person who is mentally disabled as contemplated in section 1(1) of Act 32 of 2007, shall be sentenced to incarceration for life unless, of course, there are substantial and compelling circumstances which justify the imposition of a lesser sentence.
Read More - S v Mnguni 2014 (2) SACR 595 (GP)
Introduction According to section 1 of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act 32 of 2007, the phrase “person who is mentally disabled” means “a person affected by any mental disability, including any disorder or disability of the mind, to the extent that he or she, at the time of the alleged commission of the offence in question, was -
Read More - Mapodile v Minister of Correctional Services and Others 2016 (2) SACR 413 (GJ)
Mr Mapodile, the applicant in this matter, was serving a sentence in the Johannesburg Medium B Correctional Centre.

Letters - August 2020

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.
I would like to suggest that, once COVID-19 is over, a plaque be made, dedicated to all SAPS members who faithfully executed their duties, in response to the call to duty, to serve and protect the people of South Africa during the global pandemic.
August Magazine Cover

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