• 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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Newly appointed commissioner of the National Planning Commission (NPC)
By Annalise Kempen

“In 2030, people living in South Africa feel safe at home, at school and at work, and they enjoy a community life free of fear. Women walk freely in the streets and children play safely outside. The police service is well-resourced and professional, staffed by highly skilled officers who value their work, serve the community, safeguard lives and property without discrimination, protect the peaceful against violence, and respect the rights to equality and justice.” - This is the often-quoted introduction of Chapter 12: Building Safer Communities of the National Development Plan Vision 2030.

Many South Africans question whether this dream and vision of living in a country where we will be able to walk freely and safely will ever be attained. Servamus asked Dr Guy Lamb, one of the recently appointed commissioners of the National Planning Committee (NPC), to share his thoughts on whether such a safer South Africa will ever be achieved, since he is chairing the crime and corruption task team of the NPC. The focus of the NPC is on long-term development issues of South Africa, with the implementation of the National Development Plan as this Commission’s immediate concern (NPC, Nd).

Appointment as an NPC Commissioner
The work of the National Planning Committee (NPC) includes steering the nation towards the achievements of the goals and targets set out by the National Development Plan 2030 for improving the quality of life of our people. According to the Minister in the Presidency, Mr Mondli Gungubele (2021), the Commission is expected to provide thought leadership, evidence-based advice, foresight and futuristic planning as well as sustainable solutions that inspire and guide the national development trajectory. In order to achieve these goals, the NPC, which is now in its third phase, appoints new commissioners with a range of expertise every five years.

The latest round of appointments followed a process of nominations, which eventually led to the appointment of Dr Guy Lamb as one of the 26 new NPC commissioners. His nomination was based on his expertise on work done on crime and violence prevention, which included serving as the Director of Safety and Violence Initiative at the University of Cape Town that was looking at practical ways to reduce crime and violence. Prior to this, he was a senior research fellow and Programme Head at the Institute for Security Studies and a Programme Manager at the Centre for Conflict Resolution (University of Stellenbosch, Nd). He also worked with the Civilian Secretariat for Police Service on developing both policy and practical responses. Dr Lamb managed Safer Spaces, an “interactive platform run by and for community safety and violence prevention practitioners in South Africa to connect, share knowledge and learn from each other” on behalf of the Civilian Secretariat for Police Service. Safer Spaces is funded by GIZ, a German service provider in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development and international education work. He obtained his PhD in Criminology from the University of Cape Town and is currently part of the academic staff of the Department of Political Science at the University of Stellenbosch. When one takes his extensive work on policy, research and academics into consideration, it comes as no surprise that Dr Lamb was appointed as one of the new NPC commissioners in December 2021.


[This is an extract of an article published in Servamus: April 2022. If you are interested in reading the rest of the interview article that discusses the tasks and responsibilities of the NPC Commissioners (in this case the safety and security issues that Dr Lamb plans to address), community involvement in terms of the NDP and challenges in achieving the goals of Vision 2030, send an e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out what you need to do. Ed.]

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

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.