• 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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This communique is in response to your Facebook post on the Servamus page about the high level of police killings in South Africa.

This is a huge matter of concern as we see this yearly and forever increasing. The police, as a department, always tries its best to curb such occurrences that also display the nature of society we live in and the exposure of our citizens to such threats. Businesses suffer a lot as they are being targeted by the criminals and their syndicates and, at the end of the day, the whole picture about our country is tainted.

Police are the frontlines of defence as soon as serious cases are reported and that place them on reactive mode to handle the situation which in most cases is genuinely organised for perfection.

With such occurrences and hazardous dangers mentioned, I strongly believe and know that the department has done its best to deal with this. Circulars in terms of officer safety, handling of situations and training have been issued and national correspondence to ground structures serves as proof. However, I think the following must be done to assist.

Parliament needs to look at police killings differently than just an everyday thing, while also considering the ever-increasing level of violence our police serve under. That includes active crime syndicates who specialise in bringing arms from foreign countries and trafficking them. These firearms are used in various serious crimes including business robberies and cash-in-transit heists (CITs). Some of these arms are sold to taxi hitmen and individuals who continue to use them without any fear and of which a huge percentage of them are evidently used in CITs, which is one of the crimes frequented these days.

Border management and control should be restructured and paired with on ground intelligence activation and immigration control systems. The Home Affairs debacle of corrupt officials should be looked at differently. Modern management of data and sophisticated programmes and machines should be introduced. The security cluster must involve border management and intelligence members. INTERPOL crime circulars must also be communicated at border posts. Municipalities must develop a security enhanced plan together with the police to verify building ownership of flats and even sweep operations to rid them of illegal activities, guns and drugs.

Lastly, the concept of partnership policing must be enhanced more to allow more flow of information on crime, wanted suspects and planned robberies. Together we can do more to protect our police from being murdered like flies.

Concerned reader

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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