• 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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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 - 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.