• Would you know what your job entailed if you did not have a proper job description (JD) detailing what your employer expects of you? Read about the value of job descriptions in this 2-part article published in Servamus: October and November 2020.

  • Operation O Kae Molao is a weekly crime prevention and crime combating campaign held in Gauteng. This integrated law enforcement operation targets various crimes across the province. Read more about the successes achieved in Servamus: November 2020.

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My chains are gone
I've been set free
My God, my Saviour has ransomed me
And like a flood, His mercy rains
Unending love, Amazing Grace

Maj-Gen Tertius Geldenhuys was a policeman's general. His mere presence demanded respect. From his highly knowledgeable pen came acts such as the amendment to the Police Act to enable the establishment of Metro Police Services. He guided the Johannesburg Metro Police, Tshwane Metro Police, Ekurhuleni Metro Police, Cape Town Metro Police and Swartland Municipal Police into existence with the patience of a loving father and mentor. And we tested his patience … which he often answered with his trademark "nice try".

If you did not have him explain the law of evidence to you on a single sheet of paper scrawled down in a hand, firmly holding a cigarette and cup of coffee, you have missed out. He made sure that all the metro police chiefs and their top management were trained to the national standard.

He was patient, extremely straight-forward, understood the operational policing environment and the day-to-day operational problems and questions with which police members on the ground battle. He had worked at station level and therefore spoke the language police officials understood. He held a Doctorate in Law and made significant contributions to several pieces of legislation as noted earlier.

But he was also a people's person who made time for everybody. He was proud of his family and often spoke of them lovingly. He was a devoted Christian and lived his Christian beliefs which was evident in the way he served people with integrity and honour in his daily life.
To many of us he was a friend and a father, a mentor and protector. To many of us he was a lifesaver who was always ready with advice and love.

I will forever miss his bear hugs, deep laugh, the smell of tobacco and guidance to make me a better person.

End of watch! To protect and serve was his commitment. And he did no less. To honour him and keep him and his family in our hearts, thoughts and prayers at this time is not only our obligation, but an honour and a privilege. As a society, we are greatly diminished by his passing. And we must all step up to fill that horrible gap left by his absence.

You can stand down General Geldenhuys. You served us well. We will take it from here ... Fair winds and calm seas! See you in heaven.

Dir Trish Armstrong
Tshwane Metro Police Department

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Servamus - November 2020

The job of a "private investigator" or PI is synonymous with images of the sexy Thomas Magnum, a former Navy seal, who drives around in a red Ferrari on the beautiful island of Hawaii, in the similarly named television series Magnum PI.
By Annalise Kempen
For many years South Africa has been experiencing considerably higher levels of crime.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Madoda Magadla, a 50-year-old man from Daveyton, who was accused of stealing a television, was executed by an angry mob who assaulted him in the yard of the family home where the television set allegedly went missing.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Crime is a global challenge that threatens safety and security within communities, and the peace and stability of the country.
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - November 2020

Read More - Minister of Police and Another v Stanfield and Others (1328/2018) [2019] ZASCA 183 (2 December 2019) SCA)
Introduction Section 31 of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 (“the CPA”) provides as follows:
Read More - S v Motladile 2019 (1) SACR 415 (FB)
Intention to possess drugs Section 4(b) of the Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act 140 of 1992 (hereinafter referred to as the “Drugs Act”) which is, inter alia, about the illegal possession of undesirable dependence-producing substances, does not give an emphatic or explicit indication that “intention” (dolus) is the required form of fault (mens rea) for such an offence.
Read More - S v Van Helsdingen Case No: AR 566/18 dated 17 August 2020 (KZP)
The accused was charged before the regional court, Newcastle in KZN (“the trial court”) with 1225 counts of contravening various provisions of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act 32 of 2007 (hereinafter referred to Act 32 of 2007), and the Films and Publications Act 65 of 1996.
Read More - S v Radebe and Others 2019 (1) SACR 565 (FB)
Background On 13 June 2012, four accused persons (hereinafter referred to as “appellants”), were convicted by a single judge of the High Court in Bloemfontein (“the trial court”) of the following offences namely, count 1: housebreaking with intent to murder and murder; and count 5: public violence*.
By now it is well-known that Lt-Col Charl Kinnear (52) was shot and killed outside his house in Bishop Lavis in the Cape Peninsula on Friday 18 September 2020, just after 15:00 in what appeared to be an assassination (Afrikaans: “sluipmoord”).

Letters - November 2020

It has come as a shock to the public as well as to members of the SAPS to witness the number of senior police members who have been arrested during recent months for their alleged involvement in tender fraud.
NAME: W/O L H Zandberg STATION: Pretoria Central SAPS
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Servamus' Mission

Servamus is a community-based safety and security magazine for both members of the community as well as safety and security practitioners with the aim of increasing knowledge and sharing information, dedicated to improving their expertise, professionalism and service delivery standards. It promotes sound crime management practices, freedom of speech, education, training, information sharing and a networking platform.