• The “art” scene is not safe from infiltration by organised criminal groups that have no regard for the real value of these collector’s items. Read Servamus’s article from p39 about how art and cultural artifacts are traded for a range of illegal commodities, including firearms and drugs.

  • Servamus subscribers stand the chance of winning a BYRNA Less-lethal firearm (no need for permits). Turn to p31 of Servamus: December 2020 to find out what you need to do to win this awesome prize worth R7500!

  • Corruption ensures a flourishing illegal wildlife trade. Read the article published in Servamus: December 2020 from p26 to read about the drivers for this type of crime.

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According to recent media reports, some members of the South African Police Service (“the SAPS”) and members of the South African National Defence Force (“the Defence Force”) have, generally speaking, conducted themselves incompetently, inexpertly and unprofessionally during law enforcement operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Accordingly, all you SAPS members and Defence Force members, see how many points you score by answering the following quiz.

Where the phrase “state legal authority” is used in this quiz below, it means that one must state reference to the relevant law concerned.

Quiz questions
1. According to section 200 of our Constitution, “the Defence Force must be structured and managed as a disciplined military force”. State the corresponding section in our Constitution in terms of which the SAPS must likewise be managed as a disciplined police service. (1)

2. State the relevant legal provision in terms of which a SAPS member is a peace officer (Afrikaans: “vredesbeampte”), as well as the legal provision where a Defence Force member is regarded as a peace officer (if this is in fact so). (2)

3. State briefly, with reference to legal authority, whether the following statements are true or false:

3.1 The Defence Force is, legally speaking, NOT allowed to investigate crime - irrespective of whether or not the Force is employed in cooperation with the South African Police Service.

3.2 The same, as in paragraph 3.1 supra, applies to the Military Police.

3.3 In section 20(1)(d) of the Defence Act 42 of 2002, reference is made to sections 9 and 41 of the previous, now REPEALED, Arms and Ammunition Act 75 of 1969. So what now?

3.4 In section 13(8) of the SAPS Act 68 of 1995 which is referred to in section 20(1)(a) of the Defence Act 42 of 2002, mention is made of our previous, now REPEALED, so-called interim Constitution of the RSA 200 of 1993. So what now?

3.5 Complaints against (only) members of the SAPS are to be made with the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID), while complaints against Defence Force members are to be made at the offices of the …. … (fill in) established in terms of the …. …Act … of … (fill in). (10)

4. Whenever a Defence Force member is, in terms of section 20(1) of the Defence Act 42 of 2002, utilised for the execution of services in cooperation with the SAPS, such Defence Force member has the same powers and duties as those imposed upon a SAPS member by virtue of certain specified legal provisions.


[This is only an extract of the discussion of this court case that is published in Servamus: July 2020. If you are interested in reading the rest of this discussion, please send an e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact the office at tel: (012) 345 4660. Ed.]

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Servamus - December 2020

The term "organised crime" is associated with crimes involving "big money": cash-in-transit robberies, smuggling of precious metals and stones, smuggling of wildlife and animal parts, drug trafficking, cross-border vehicle crime and money laundering, to name a few.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
The concept of organised crime often evokes images of mafia- like figures and secret societies involved in drug trafficking and murder.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
The use of excessive force by law enforcers across the world is not uncommon.
By Prof André Buys
Since the Czech fugitive, Radovan Krejcir, entered South Africa with a false passport in 2007, the bodies of people associated with him have been piling up.
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - December 2020

Pollex also discussed the following court cases in Servamus: December 2020.
Read More - S v Mathekga and Another (Case no 717/2019) [2020] ZA SCA 77 (30 June 2020) (SCA)
Introduction This is a regrettable and most unfortunate case in which police officials shot and killed one of their own colleagues, and shot and wounded another.

Letters - December 2020

NAME: W/O L H Zandberg STATION: Pretoria Central SAPS
Congratulations are in order for Lt-Col Marli Strydom from the Northern Cape who was awarded a bronze certificate during the sixth annual National Batho Pele Excellence Awards 2020. The ceremony was held on 30 October 2020 in Boksburg.
December Magazine Cover

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