• We cannot drive while on “autopilot” while doing other things such as using our cellphones, applying make-up or eating. Our article in Servamus: April 2021 explains why it is dangerous to multi-task while driving.

  • Do you agree that having more roadworthy vehicles on our roads will contribute to road safety and less crashes? If you don’t, read our Community Safety Tips in Servamus: April 2021 where we explain why we believe it would.

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By Kotie Geldenhuys
Photos courtesy of Tariro Washinyira; Zoë Postman from GroudUp and a PRASA employee

A lack of employment and job opportunities is often considered to be an important reason for criminal behaviour. Although there was a general decrease in many crime types during the COVID-19 lockdown, infrastructure across the country suffered dearly. Infrastructure vandalism for profit impacts many sectors, including telecommunications, electricity, education and the transport sector. Although it is not a new crime trend, it became more prevalent than before.

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By Kotie Geldenhuys

Towards the end of March 2020, the President, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, announced that as of midnight on 26 March 2020, South Africa would go into a "hard lockdown". Various regulations were also issued in terms of the Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002, which to the shock of millions of South Africans included a ban on all domestic trade in tobacco products. Smokers did how-ever not take kindly to this decision and even though many stocked up for the initial three-week lockdown period and subsequent ban on the sale of tobacco, they were less than impressed with the government when the ban was extended for many more weeks. For many smokers it was simply impossible to stop smoking overnight which is why the illegal cigarette trade in South Africa got an overnight boost. The entire market for cigarettes and other tobacco products went underground almost overnight as formal retailers had to remove their stock and the legal supply chain suffered the consequences.

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By Annalise Kempen

The current worldwide COVID-19 pandemic which resulted in various lockdown levels across the world, has opened new opportunities for criminals to exploit people - especially in cyberspace. Many people have in the process become more dependent on technology, the Internet and online platforms to work, study, meet, shop and interact with loved ones and family.

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By Kotie Geldenhuys

Families across the world have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic which will likely have a long-lasting impact on public health and our well-being. Traditionally, alcohol abuse, which is already a public health concern in many countries across the world, including South Africa, dramatically increases during pandemics and disasters. According to the US National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), previous disasters, such as 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, saw an increase in alcohol abuse as people believed that it helped them to “ease” the stress of the events and anxiety about the future. During the COVID-19 pandemic we have noticed how alcohol abuse has the potential to further complicate an already difficult period (NIAAA, 2020).

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Servamus - April 2021

They are all over our roads, they stop wherever they want to, ignore red traffic lights and are motorists’ worst nightmare.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Desperate to get the Umgeni Municipality’s attention to fix the dangerous potholes on the roads in the Howick area in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, residents participated in a tongue-in-cheek pothole fishing competition at the end of February 2021.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Road crash scenes do not make for a picture to remember.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
It is not unusual to hear or read about a serious or fatal vehicle crash where one of the drivers was under the influence of alcohol.
By Annalise Kempen

Pollex - April 2021

Read More - Alternative mechanisms required - S v Frederick and Another 2018 (2) SACR 686 (WCC)
Two independent and unrelated matters were referred for review to the High Court in Cape Town (“the review court”), at the same time and by the same magistrate (“the trial court”).
Read More - Booysen v Minister for Safety and Security 2018 (2) SACR 607 (CC)
This is a matter in which Mr Johannes Mongo, who was a SAPS constable reservist, shot and wounded his girlfriend, Ms Elsa Booysen.
Read More In the matter between - Ms Nomachule Gigaba (Née [born]) Mingoma - The applicant; and Minister of Police - the first respondent; Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation - the second respondent (hereinafter referred to as the Hawks); Maj-Gen M O Ngwenya - the third respondent and attached to the Hawks; Capt K M Mavuso - the fourth respondent and attached to the Hawks; Sgt Norton Ndabami - the fifth respondent and attached to the Hawks; National Prosecuting Authority (“The NPA”) - the sixth respondent; and WISE4AFRICA - the seventh respondent. Case number 43469/2020 ZAGPPHC55 dated 11 February 2021, High Court, Pretoria (GP).
The applicant in this matter, Ms Gigaba, is the estranged (Afrikaans: “vervreemde”) wife of the former Cabinet Minister, Mr Malusi Gigaba.

Letters - April 2021

After being side-lined for the past 11 months due to COVID-19, Captain Khumalo is returning to active duty. Captain Khumalo has returned to child-care centres and schools across Cape Town from 17 February 2021, to resume his mission of educating children on safety issues.
Die Bejaardesorgfonds vir afgetrede polisielede het op 5 Maart 2021 ‘n groot geskenk van die Klub79+1 groep in die vorm van ongeveer 600 gebreide blokkies en klaargemaakte komberse ontvang.
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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.