• SABRIC recently released its annual banking crime statistics. We inform you about the banking-related crimes that increased and decreased so that you can mitigate the risks. Read the article published in Servamus: August 2020 on p40 to p41.

  • Do you have a problem with gambling? We provide tips on how to identify if you have a problem; remind you about legal versus illegal gambling/betting and where to get help. Read the article published in Servamus: August 2020 on p50 to p53.

  • Chief Kenny Africa, also known as Mr 24-7 has served the road safety community for more than four decades. He retired on 31 July 2020. Read more about his passions, highlights and the message he has for young traffic officers in an article published in Servamus: August 2020 on p58 and p59.

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We want to believe that the Internet is a safe place, but the reality is that it is a dangerous place where we can become easy targets for malicious actors who want to steal our most valuable personal data. These days criminal minds can reach further than before, into our private lives, our homes and work offices. People are seldom aware of how their personal information is used, collected and shared in a digital society. It is therefore important that we learn how to secure our personal information and "own" our online presence.

In our daily lives we produce an endless stream of data and conduct much of our lives on the Internet via our connected devices, such as smart phones, tablets and notebooks. Unfortunately, few people understand how much of our personal information is being collected and shared from our devices and the services we use online. Manfra (2018) explains that information such as purchases, history or location, has value, similar to money and urges people to be careful of who gets hold of information and how it is collected through Apps and websites. As this collected data can be stored indefinitely, our personal information can be used in both beneficial and unwelcome ways.

In the age of hashtags, likes, tweets, shares and snaps, online privacy can seem almost non-existent. We are sharing our lives through social media now more than ever (www.suncorp.com.au/learn about/security/online privacy.html) and in doing so we are voluntarily handing over a lot of personal information. But we must consider what it reveals, who might see it and how it could be perceived now and in the future. Therefore, it is important to pay special attention to online privacy. Manfra (2018) advises us that it is a good idea to review our social network friends and all contact lists from time to time to ensure that everyone still belongs. We are further advised to always set the privacy and security settings on websites and Apps to a level where one feels comfortable to share information. Each device, application or browser has different features to limit how and with whom we share information.

Be careful with Apps
Are you sure you are using the real and authentic versions of popular Apps installed on your phone? Recent reports indicated that spyware masquerading as popular android Apps are circulating online and that hackers may be using them to track the user. Users must always ensure that an App is legit and safe before downloading it on a device (Hesse, 2019). In July 2019, there was a privacy panic over FaceApp, the selfie-editing mobile App that makes people on photos look younger, older or turns them into members of the opposite sex. FaceApp apparently collects the photos people select for editing and sends them to servers running in Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services. According to the developer of this App, the main reason for that is performance and traffic as they want to ensure that the user does not upload the photo repeatedly for every edit operation. They claimed that most images are deleted from their servers within 48 hours from the upload date (Zorz, 2019). However, reading an App’s privacy policy and terms of service is a must, but we all know that very few of us oblige. FaceApp's privacy policy makes it clear that the App pulls data such as the user's location, IP address and log file information for the purpose of aiming targeted advertisements at the user. With this data, advertisers can aim advertisements at users in specific regions, for instance (www.cnet.com/news/faceapp privacy concerns).

Manfra (2018) argues that every device should be secured by a password or strong authentication such as finger swipe or facial recognition. Adhering to such security measures will limit access from unauthorised users and protect the user's information if devices are lost or stolen. It is also very important to delete unused Apps, update the ones you use and review App permissions. The same goes for other software and operating software to protect data loss from infections, malware and ransomware.

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[This is only an extract of an article published in Servamus: October 2019 from pp 24-26. The rest of the article informs readers about dangers such as ransomware; and explains different online scams in easy to understand language. If you are interested in obtaining the rest of the article, send an e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (012) 345 4660 to find out how. Ed.]

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Servamus - August 2020

Over the last couple of years, far too many institutions and businesses in South Africa have taken on the unmistakable stench of moral rot. Corporate giants such as VBS Mutual Bank, Bosasa and Steinhoff have traded blue chip credibility for white-collar callousness.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
With tax season upon us, many people will again try not to pay the full share of what they owe the taxman in income taxes.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Let us be honest, many people have a love-hate relationship with insurance companies, often because they believe that they were not paid what was due to them after having submitted a claim.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
We all complain about the high costs of private healthcare and the monthly contributions we have to pay.
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - August 2020

Again the handing back of the firearm by the SAPS in a domestic violence-related relationship - S v N 2016 (2) SACR 436 (KZP);
Read More - S v Chinridze 2015 (1) SACR 364 (GP)
Introduction In terms of section 51, read together with Part I of Schedule 2 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 105 of 1997 (which provides for discretionary minimum sentences), an accused person who is convicted of rape in contravention of section 3 of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act 32 of 2007, and where the victim is, inter alia, a person under the age of 16 years or is a person who is mentally disabled as contemplated in section 1(1) of Act 32 of 2007, shall be sentenced to incarceration for life unless, of course, there are substantial and compelling circumstances which justify the imposition of a lesser sentence.
Read More - S v Mnguni 2014 (2) SACR 595 (GP)
Introduction According to section 1 of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act 32 of 2007, the phrase “person who is mentally disabled” means “a person affected by any mental disability, including any disorder or disability of the mind, to the extent that he or she, at the time of the alleged commission of the offence in question, was -
Read More - Mapodile v Minister of Correctional Services and Others 2016 (2) SACR 413 (GJ)
Mr Mapodile, the applicant in this matter, was serving a sentence in the Johannesburg Medium B Correctional Centre.

Letters - August 2020

Capt Aubrey Moopeloa, the corporate Communication Officer of Evaton SAPS, retired from the South African Police Service on 30 June 2020 after 32 years' service as a dedicated and loyal member.
I would like to suggest that, once COVID-19 is over, a plaque be made, dedicated to all SAPS members who faithfully executed their duties, in response to the call to duty, to serve and protect the people of South Africa during the global pandemic.
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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.