• Prevention is key to protecting our homes from fire. In this month’s Community Safety Tips published from p52 in Servamus: September 2021, we share information about the common causes of fire and what you have to do in case of fire.

  • It can be a headache for authorities to identify the bodies of deceased persons. article published from p22 in Servamus: September 2021 provides valuable information on how forensic science and databases can be used in the identification process.

  • With their keen sense of smell, biological body-fluid detection dogs play a vital role at rape and murder crime scenes. Our article published from p18 in Servamus: September 2021 explains their training, work and successes along with their human partners.

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When police members turn 60, they are legally obliged to go on pension. Yet, that does not mean that they are "old". In fact, for many police members it is the official start of a second career as they want to continue to serve the country in some capacity, and continue to share what they have learned over decades-long careers.

Servamus is proud to be associated with two former policemen who are living proof that "80 is the new 60" namely Brig Dirk Lambrechts, alias Pollex and Assistant-Commissioner Willie Ngobeni. Both "pensioners" recently celebrated milestone birthdays - Brig Lambrechts turned 85 while Comm Ngobeni turned 80!

Asst-Comm Willie Ngobeni, or "Oom Willie" as we all affectionately call him, still serves as a board member of SARP Publishers, the publishers of Servamus Safety and Security Magazine - the oldest board member yet. In August 2021, during our first "in person" board meeting after the recent lockdown, the board members took the opportunity to congratulate Oom Willie on his milestone birthday. During his years in official service to the country, Comm Ngobeni was a detective and calls himself "the father" of detectives who wants to continue to contribute to ensure "effective detectives" - a project he established years ago. He also has a love for choir music, which is one of the reasons why he conceived the idea of the Police Music and Cultural Association (Polmusca) years ago, to play a role in the amalgamation of the police agencies through the universal language of music. Asst-Comm Ngobeni was appointed as the first president of Polmusca in 2000.

Oom Willie believes that the recipe for a good life (and his 80 years) and happy marriage (he and Ounooi Thembi have been married for 55 years already) includes good food, regular exercising, no alcohol, a positive mindset and the grace of God.

Brig Dirk Lambrechts, alias Pollex, has been the author and compiler of the Pollex legal column since 1986, while the Ask Pollex legal column was added in June 2005. Not everyone knows that Brig Lambrechts's "claim to fame" is that he had been attached to the detective branch for the majority of his police career; that he holds a BIuris degree (Unisa) as well as a Diploma in Police Administration (National Education Department). In the last six years before he retired from the police, he was the National Commander of the Diamond and Gold Branch. Thereafter he was the Divisional Security Manager: Gold Division of Anglo American Corporation whereafter he was employed as a research consultant for the Institute for Criminological Sciences at UNISA. At that time, he was actively involved in the presentation of a security management and white-collar crime investigation course. As the author of various legal books, study guides, legal articles and discussions, Servamus and its subscribers have been privileged to have had this legal eagle as part of our team.

Congratulations to these two role-models, Brig Dirk Lambrechts on celebrating his 85th birthday and Asst-Comm Willie Ngobeni on celebrating his 80th birthday this year. You are the real epitome of what Servamus means, namely "to serve". May you both be blessed with many more happy and healthy years as servants to our country and Servamus. Salute!

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Servamus - September 2021

The relatives of a Pietermaritzburg couple, who were shot dead in their bakkie on Old Greytown Road in March 2021, were angry when a young, close relative discovered a video making rounds on social media platforms showing the grisly scene.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
These days the media is able to cover almost every aspect of the criminal justice system, from the bloody crime scene and the arrest of the perpetrator, to the trial and eventually the sentencing of the perpetrator.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Blood dripping from stairs like waterfalls and maimed bodies; decomposed bodies covered with maggots; small children crying out in pain after being raped by someone they trus-ted; and women with bruised faces and bodies who shamefully try to hide their pain and humiliation are just a few scenarios that police members come across when they are called to a crime scene.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
One of the most familiar cold cases, which still boggles South Africans’ minds after all these years, is the Gert van Rooyen and Joey Haarhoff case, when at least six young girls mysteriously disappeared in the late 1980s.
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - September 2021

Act 7 of 2021 supra appears in English and Afrikaans in Government Gazette No 44650 dated 1 June 2021. It amends the Correctional Services Act 111 of 1998.
This Act 2 of 2020 is discussed comprehensively in Ask Pollex in Servamus: October 2020.
Read More - S v Josephs 2021(1) SACR 450 (WCC)
Relevant legislation Section 302 of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 (“the CPA”) provides as follows:
Read More - S v Tiry and Eight Others 2021(1) SACR 349 (SCA)
Factual background The principal complainants in this matter are Sasol and Engen who are producers of petroleum products.

Letters - September 2021

When police members turn 60, they are legally obliged to go on pension. Yet, that does not mean that they are "old".
Pollex noticed the following two letters in the regional newspaper Tyger Burger, dated 2 June 2021, which circulates in the Northern Suburbs in the Cape Peninsula.
September Magazine Cover

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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.