• Physical evidence is the silent witness in criminal cases which is why it should not be contaminated and why the chain of custody is vital. Read our article published from p20 in Servamus: August 2021 to learn more about evidence and the story it tells.

  • The reconstruction of a crime scene is a vital step to give the court an idea of what happened at a crime scene. Our article published from p34 in Servamus: August 2021 explains what the process entails.

  • Various role-players from within the SAPS can help to provide specialised information about the scene, the victim and the suspect at a crime scene. Our article published from p23 in Servamus: August 2021 highlights these role-players.

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On 11 March 2021, a closely-knit family was robbed of its nucleus, D/Sgt Jeremy Paul, who was ambushed and murdered while tracing a suspected in Swapo, an informal settlement in Pietermaritzburg.

Media reports noted that the wanted person’s home was surrounded - the anomaly is how then was the murdered policeman’s firearm and cellphone taken from his possession? Where were the other team members when the suspect committed the heinous act?

It is hoped that the inquest will disentangle as much information as possible!

The silence of the Minister of Police, Mr Bheki Cele is deafening! The question is whether the Minister will visit the home of the bereaved family and offer support and comfort to the grieving widow and her children like he often does when a policeman is killed on duty? Not even the provincial MEC for Safety and Security cared to offer the family any support whatsoever - the Pietermaritzburg community are crying foul at the insensitivity and indifference of politicians.

Minister Cele, you need to show more care for our men and women in blue. They are not just mere numbers who become statistics when they lose their lives on duty. Please do not be selective when you choose to visit the homes of policepersons lost in the line of duty - grief is not different in a home in Pietermaritzburg!

As the former chairperson of the Mountain Rise Community Policing Forum (CPF), I had many opportunities to interact with the late Jeremy Paul. He will be remembered as a dedicated to duty policeman who valued the safety of his community. May his soul rest in peace. My condolences to his shattered family during their bereavement.

Jay Jugwanth
Pietermaritzburg

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Servamus - August 2021

Television series have played a significant role in creating public interest about forensic science and the investigation of crime.
By Annalise Kempen
Despite Hollywood’s portrayal in numerous television programmes, crime scene investigation is a difficult and time-consuming task that cannot be completed in a couple of minutes.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Fire and water - two elements of nature that result in opposite reactions: when one stares at a firepit or a bonfire and listens to the sound of water such as a waterfall or waves breaking, it typically makes one calm and relaxed.
By Annalise Kempen
Every crime scene tells a story which is why it is of utmost importance that proper crime scene management is implemented to prevent the destruction of any evidence that might be found at a scene.
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - August 2021

In two recent, different and unrelated case law, namely -
Read More - Minister of Transport v Brackenfell Trailer Hire (Pty) Ltd and Other 2021 (1) SACR 463 (SCA)
Role-players in this matter are: National Minister of Transport = the appellant;
Read More - S v Gabani 2021 (1) SACR 562 (ECB)
This Gabani case took place between the Mdantsane Magistrates’ Court and the High Court in Bhisho in the Eastern Cape.

Letters - August 2021

Dudley Maharaj was born in Pietermaritzburg in 1936 and recently turned 85 years of age.
NAME: W/O L H Zandberg STATION: Pretoria Central Magistrates’ Court
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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.