• Prevention is key to protecting our homes from fire. In this month’s Community Safety Tips published from p52 in Servamus: September 2021, we share information about the common causes of fire and what you have to do in case of fire.

  • It can be a headache for authorities to identify the bodies of deceased persons. article published from p22 in Servamus: September 2021 provides valuable information on how forensic science and databases can be used in the identification process.

  • With their keen sense of smell, biological body-fluid detection dogs play a vital role at rape and murder crime scenes. Our article published from p18 in Servamus: September 2021 explains their training, work and successes along with their human partners.

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Compiled by Kotie Geldenhuys
Photos by Jordy Meow; and Mattia Ascenzo on Unsplash

At the end of Congo's factional war in 2004, soldiers attacked the village where 16-year-old Mukuninwa lived. They tortured and killed the men of the village, while the women's clothes were stripped from their bodies. Their arms and legs were staked to the ground and as the soldiers passed, they raped the women. Some of the women were also sexually assaulted with sticks and rifle barrels. The pain these women endured was so intense that some of them passed out. But the soldiers were quick to revive them with buckets of water. Mukuninwa is unsure about how many men raped her during captivity (Baker, 2016).

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By Kotie Geldenhuys
Photos by Ashraf Hendricks/GroundUp

Violence is the one term with which the majority of South Africans are not only familiar, but also an act which many have experienced and/or are still experiencing. The most recent Gallup Law and Order Index, listed South Africa as the fifth most violent country out of 144 countries which were covered in their survey (BusinessTech, 2020), while the Global Peace Index 2020 lists South Africa in position 123 out of 163 countries (IEP, 2020). And sadly, it is hard to disagree with both these indexes as the SAPS's annual crime statistics for the 2019/2020 report period confirm that violent crimes such as murder, assault and sexual offences are on the increase (SAPS, 2020). Our country is plagued by high levels of violent crime which have a negative impact on people's livelihood and our economy.

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By Kotie Geldenhuys;

Adv William Booth, one of the top criminal defence lawyers in Cape Town, was the target of a man who shot at him on the morning of 9 April 2020. Adv Booth had become known for representing alleged underworld figures such as Mark Lifman and André Naudé. Fortunately for him, the hitman missed and fled the scene. Not long after the incident, three members of the Terrible West Siders (TWS) gang, which operates in the Woodstock area, were arrested for the attempted murder. In their plea and sentencing agreement, the three claimed that the leader of the TWS, who is currently incarcerated, instructed Ebrahim Deare and Riyaad Gesant via Kauthar Brown to arrange a “hit” on Adv Booth at his home. The trio met and planned their hit but for three consecutive days, they were unsuccessful in carrying it out. The incarcerated gang leader became impatient and on the night of 8 April 2020, he contacted the duo and instructed them to carry out the murder the following day. On 9 April 2020, Ebrahim Deare and Riyaad Gesant were dropped off close to the home of Adv Booth. When he entered his garage with his dogs, Ebrahim Deare, who was in possession of a fully loaded revolver, ran towards him and fired five shots at Adv Booth.

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By Annalise Kempen

On 11 September this year, the 20th anniversary of one of the most tragic days in American history will be observed. Many of us can remember where we were or what we were doing when we saw the images of two airplanes flying into the Twin Towers in New York on 11 September 2001. It is as if those images are somehow imprinted into our minds, resulting in shock, disgust and goosebumps of how something so abnormal and unimaginable could have happened. The events of that day have changed many lives drastically and resulted in a renewed focus to deal with terrorist organisations that want to intimidate a population or compel a government or an international organisation to do or to abstain from doing any act (UNODC, 2004).

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Servamus - September 2021

The relatives of a Pietermaritzburg couple, who were shot dead in their bakkie on Old Greytown Road in March 2021, were angry when a young, close relative discovered a video making rounds on social media platforms showing the grisly scene.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
These days the media is able to cover almost every aspect of the criminal justice system, from the bloody crime scene and the arrest of the perpetrator, to the trial and eventually the sentencing of the perpetrator.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Blood dripping from stairs like waterfalls and maimed bodies; decomposed bodies covered with maggots; small children crying out in pain after being raped by someone they trus-ted; and women with bruised faces and bodies who shamefully try to hide their pain and humiliation are just a few scenarios that police members come across when they are called to a crime scene.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
One of the most familiar cold cases, which still boggles South Africans’ minds after all these years, is the Gert van Rooyen and Joey Haarhoff case, when at least six young girls mysteriously disappeared in the late 1980s.
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - September 2021

Act 7 of 2021 supra appears in English and Afrikaans in Government Gazette No 44650 dated 1 June 2021. It amends the Correctional Services Act 111 of 1998.
This Act 2 of 2020 is discussed comprehensively in Ask Pollex in Servamus: October 2020.
Read More - S v Josephs 2021(1) SACR 450 (WCC)
Relevant legislation Section 302 of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 (“the CPA”) provides as follows:
Read More - S v Tiry and Eight Others 2021(1) SACR 349 (SCA)
Factual background The principal complainants in this matter are Sasol and Engen who are producers of petroleum products.

Letters - September 2021

When police members turn 60, they are legally obliged to go on pension. Yet, that does not mean that they are "old".
Pollex noticed the following two letters in the regional newspaper Tyger Burger, dated 2 June 2021, which circulates in the Northern Suburbs in the Cape Peninsula.
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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.