• 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
Photos courtesy of SARS

Buying a vehicle is one of the biggest, most expensive and most important purchases many consumers will ever make. This is a very daunting experience and therefore it is important that potential buyers take the time to do their homework before making the purchase. This can save the buyer a lot of inconvenience and money. Consumers in the market for second-hand vehicles should be on high alert for unscrupulous sellers who are ready to pounce on their hard-earned cash and take them for a ride by selling an illegally imported vehicle at a “good” price.

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By Kotie Geldenhuys

In recent years South African roads have become battlefields where trucks are torched and truck drivers have to fight for their lives. Apart from truck hijackings where trucks, trailers and cargo are targeted, truck drivers also have to deal with service delivery protests when trucks are attacked and destroyed, as well as cases where foreign truck drivers are the targets of vigilante groups. Sadly, this often results in the ultimate loss of people's lives.

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By Kotie Geldenhuys

Since the South African railway system is currently in shambles, our road network is the lifeline of the transport system. A major truck route is the N3 which runs between Durban, which has the busiest port in the country, and Gauteng. More than 80% of goods are transported by road and almost 50% of all these goods are transported along the N3 (Carte Blanche, 2019). The road freight sector in South Africa is a major contributor to the local economy and includes anything from owner-run small trucks, to a fleet of transport vehicles that travel the length and breadth of South African roads (FDK Transport, 2019). The negative part of transporting cargo by road is the increase in truck hijacking incidents which we have witnessed in recent years.

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Compiled by Annalise Kempen

When times are tough, people are looking for bargains including finding an affordable, reliable second-hand vehicle. In as much as we believe that online searches can help us to save time and money when we are looking for a vehicle, criminals are taking advantage of the use of technology by posting the “best and most affordable deals ever” while waiting for their next victim to contact them.

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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.