• In what ways did the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic impact on the illegal drug trade? We explore how traders changed their modi operandi in an article published from p14 in Servamus: June 2022.

  • Dogs are known for their excellent sense of smell. Read our article published from p30 in Servamus: June 2022 about how a South African company has trained dogs to also detect COVID-19.

  • The floods of April 2022 caused havoc and death in KwaZulu-Natal. Fortunately, hundreds of search and rescue specialists used their skills to help search for those who were in need. Refer to an article published from p36 in Servamus: June 2022.

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Rungasamy Munsamy was born on 15 May 1942 and passed away on 27 January 2022 at the age of 79 years, leaving behind his loving wife Saras and his children, Adv Karen Pillay, Brig Daron Rungasamy and Lezzane Rungasamy and their partners, Brig Deven Pillay, Yashni Rungasamy and Metesh Naran, and his grandchildren Karilyn, Kristin, Deiondre and Aditi.

Rungasamy Munsamy joined the South African Police Force on 4 September 1963 and trained at Wentworth Police Training College. He served at various police stations in the country, including Wentworth, Isipingo, Durban North, Greenwood Park, Clairwood, Ladysmith, Smith Street, Cato Manor, District Headquarters Brighton Beach, Phoenix and Chatsworth Training College. He ended his career at Phoenix Police Station at age 56 when he was boarded on medical grounds.

Col Munsamy was well-known and respected by his seniors, many peers and subordinates. He qualified as a seasoned police officer due his progressive outlook. Throughout his career he completed various courses and served his country by protecting the national borders and conducting counter-insurgency duties.

During his illustrious career he received many commendations from Ministers of Police, high-ranking officers and members of government. Col Munsamy was appointed to various senior management roles including as station commander, acting district commissioner and commanding officer of the police training college.

He was one of the first Indian police officials to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Police Science from UNISA, apart from the many other qualifications he acquired prior. His passion was to professionalise and promote a good image of the police.

After 34 years of dedicated service to the police, Col Munsamy retired to focus on his family.

He will be remembered among many for his high standards, unselfish contributions, diverse thinking and impeccable performance. Officers of his calibre contributed to transforming the SAPS and added to the history books in their own way. I was so chuffed to read the many messages, tributes and stories shared by many officers who encountered him. I knew he was a great police officer and a leader, but I only learnt now that he had such a large impact on so many individuals.

Adv Karen Pillay (daughter)

Servamus - June 2022

According to the World Drug Report for 2021, as released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), drug use resulted in the deaths of almost half a million people in 2019 (UNODC, 2021).
By Kotie Geldenhuys
In December 2011, 38-year-old Janice Bronwyn Linden from Durban was executed in China.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
WhatsApp and Telegram have become popular tools to send messages quickly and at almost no cost.
By Annalise Kempen
We all know someone who has been struggling with an addiction - ranging from prescription medication to illegal drugs, alcohol to gambling or even shopping.
Compiled by Annalise Kempen

Pollex - June 2022

Section 304(4) of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 (“the CPA”) provides as follows:
Read More - S v Essop (Case no 432/2020) [2021] ZASCA 66 (1 June 2021) (SCA)
Mr Aadiel Essop, the accused, pleaded guilty before the regional court (“the trial court”) on 45 counts of contravening section 24B(1)(a) of the Films and Publications Act 65 of 1996 (hereinafter referred to as the “Publications Act”), as well as one count of common law kidnapping (Afrikaans: “gemenereg menseroof”).
Read More - Minister of Justice (First Appellant) and Minister of Police (Second Appellant) v Masia 2021 (2) SACR 425 (GP)
Picture the following: On 6 August 2013, Mr Thabo Toka Mack Masia (hereinafter referred to as “Masia”) presented himself by appointment at the Atteridgeville Magistrates’ Court in Pretoria before a maintenance (“papgeld”) officer for an enquiry in terms of the Maintenance Act 99 of 1998 pertaining to the maintenance of his minor child.
Read More - S v Albro Mclean. Case no: (A112/21) [2021] ZAWCHC158 High Court Cape Town dated 12 August 2021 and 2021(2) SACR 437 (WCC)
Mr Albro Mclean, the accused, was convicted of rape in the Wynberg regional court in the Cape Peninsula whereupon he was sentenced to life incarceration.

Letters - June 2022

On Monday 9 May 2022, the National Commissioner of the SAPS, Gen Fannie Masemola along with members of his management team conducted a site visit at the joint operational centre (JOC) for search and rescue teams at the Virginia Airport in Durban.
Saturday 14 May 2022 was to be yet another day of search, rescue and recovery operations in the disaster areas of KwaZulu-Natal following the flood devastation a few weeks earlier.
June Magazine Cover

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