• Does your child have unlimited access to the Internet and apps on their phones? If you have not considered online dangers and health risks for your child, you have to read the article published in Servamus: June 2021.

  • Children as young as 12 years start to experiment with drugs. Make sure that you read the article published in Servamus: June 2021 to learn what parents can do if they expect that their child is using drugs.

  • During divorce battles one parent often alienates the other from having a relationship with their children. In Servamus: June 2021 we discuss this form of emotional abuse of parents and children.

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By Kotie Geldenhuys

They are all over our roads, they stop wherever they want to, ignore red traffic lights and are motorists’ worst nightmare. Drivers of minibus taxis are often described as being unlawful, aggressive and dangerous drivers. And yet, millions of South African commuters often have no choice but to put their lives in the hands of these taxi drivers each day.

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By Kotie Geldenhuys

Desperate to get the Umgeni Municipality’s attention to fix the dangerous potholes on the roads in the Howick area in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, residents participated in a tongue-in-cheek pothole fishing competition at the end of February 2021. This “competition” was hosted to voice their concerns about the collapsing road infrastructure along the Curry’s Post Road, a busy tourist road in the area (Govender, 2021). Although this was meant as a mockery of the municipality’s seeming inability to fix the potholes in the area, potholes across South Africa’s ageing road infrastructure are a big concern. They not only damage vehicles but also cost road users their lives.

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Compiled by Kotie Geldenhuys
Selected photos from Centrum Guardian Project

Road crash scenes do not make for a picture to remember. In fact, they often make for the worst of scenes when people, covered in blood are lying on the tar road, while others are still trapped in a vehicle screaming for help. Too often these crashes are so severe that the victims have been mutilated beyond recognition. Imagine trying to help the survivors, while their family is hysterically begging the first responders to save their own and their loved ones’ lives. Imagine having to tell a parent that there was nothing that could be done to save their child and witnessing families mourning someone they loved. These are the realities which traffic law enforcement officers, police officials, paramedics and members of the fire brigade who respond to road crash scenes have to deal with regularly.

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By Annalise Kempen

It is not unusual to hear or read about a serious or fatal vehicle crash where one of the drivers was under the influence of alcohol. It therefore comes as no surprise that authorities want to amend legislation to allow for a zero tolerance against alcohol for drivers. The question is whether this would be the solution to decrease the high level of serious and fatal crashes on South African roads or whether motorists will still be willing to take their chances, while hoping that they will not be stopped and tested by the authorities.

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Servamus - June 2021

Not a day goes by that we do not see or interact with a private security officer - either when we visit a shopping centre, have a security crisis at home or at the office or when a private security officer passes us while patrolling the neighbourhoods in their vehicles.
By Annalise Kempen
Family murder is a heartbreaking topic and one will never understand how parents can commit such acts involving their own children.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
“I am John. My ‘new’ father enjoyed a couple of drinks at night and then started swearing at my mother.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
When the eight-year-old victim of Nicolas Ninow (the so-called Dros rapist) was asked to testify in court, social media users were up in arms about the reason why this young victim had to testify.
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - June 2021

Read More - S v Klaas, Case No: CC51/2020, dated 30 November 2020, High Court Grahamstown (ECG)
Mr Wandile Klaas, hereinafter referred to as the accused, was convicted by the High Court in Grahamstown (nowadays called Makhanda) of count 1: housebreaking with intent to commit theft; count 2: rape; and count 3: theft.
A discussion entitled “Before the accused has pleaded to the charge” and/or, “Two men have been taken in for questioning by the police”, was published in Ask Pollex in Servamus: November 2020.
Read More - S v Thabani Luthuli Case no: AR 106/2020 High Court in Pietermaritzburg, KZN (KZP)
Introduction Mr Thabani Luthuli, the accused, was convicted before the regional court in Ixopo in KZN (“the trial court”) of count 1, housebreaking with the intent to rape, and, count 2, rape.

Letters - June 2021

Securing a conviction in a murder case is always a reason to celebrate that justice has been served.
June Magazine Cover

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.