• 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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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.

It can be very hard for emergency responders to cope with fatal road crashes, even though they have been trained to deal with them. A former commander of the Accident Combating Sub-Section at SAPS Head Office, Supt Rob Askew once told me:
“I have faced death on a few occasions, I’ve walked in the blood of victims of road crashes, I’ve given heart-breaking first aid, I’ve seen people die, I’ve conveyed death messages to the loved ones of deceased persons, and I’ve seen policemen ‘crack’.” These words will stay with me forever, as will the story of another former SAPS crash scene investigator from KwaZulu-Natal. He once told me that he had worked at fatal crash scenes for years and witnessed many maimed and burned bodies at a road crash scene, but that there is one scene which shook his whole world. That was a crash where a baby died. As he lifted the body of the baby from the baby seat the milk was running out of the baby’s mouth. The baby had no bruises and there was no blood, it looked as if the baby was sleeping. Another investigator told me about a crash where the driver’s brain was found on the back seat of the vehicle and how that scene affected him. Over a lifetime of service, many first responders can recount times when it was difficult to separate the personal from the professional.

Arriving at crash scenes like these is never easy but, first responders have to put on a professional and brave face. Yet first responders are human too and eventually, they too can only take so much of having witnessed such scenes. Stress not only comes from being at a fatal crash scene, but also from the emotional toll of informing a family about the death of a loved one. The stress these first responders face, is not only experienced in the short-term, but often results in health problems in the long run.

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[This is only an extract of an article published in Servamus: April 2021. If you are interested in finding out how you can read the rest of the article which discussed the health problems associated with trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder; the importance of seeking help and warning signs that a first responder may need counselling, send an e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..]

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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.