• 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 Annalise Kempen

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. After all, with 560 114 registered and active security officers who are employed by 11 306 registered active security companies (at March 2021), this is a huge industry which we are all well aware of. Yet, managing such a huge industry can be no easy task.

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By Kotie Geldenhuys

Family murder is a heartbreaking topic and one will never understand how parents can commit such acts involving their own children. When parents cannot face the world and its problems any longer, why do they also take their children with them? One of the most heartbreaking and gruesome stories of a family murder we came across was that of the Meyer family from Moorreesburg in the Western Cape.

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By Kotie Geldenhuys

“I am John. My ‘new’ father enjoyed a couple of drinks at night and then started swearing at my mother. When I was six years old, he hit my mother with his fist. I sat in the corner of the room, closed my eyes and covered my ears. I tried not to hear anything, but the punching was quite loud. This became the norm in our house, this is what I knew and this is how we lived. I will never forget the corner of the room where I had hidden, the swearing of my ‘new’ father and the tears in my mother’s eyes.”

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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. The explanation why she was requested to testify was because her version of events differed from that of the accused and that there had been no eyewitnesses when the crime was committed. Although Ninow pleaded guilty, the court only heard his version during his plea explanation which differed from his young victim's version which she gave to the prosecutor during consultation. The only reasonable way to get to the truth was to call the young victim to testify (Grobler, 2019). Testifying in court is not an easy experience for any person and imagine how difficult and traumatic it must be for a child. Although the victim testified in camera and from a different room via CCTV, it remains a stressful event which can be made easier with the help of a furry friend.

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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.
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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.