• With numerous types of scams around, it is vital that we know how to pay attention to avoid falling victim to these scammers. Our Community Safety Tips published from p48 in Servamus: August 2022 provides valuable tips on spotting scams.

  • Scammers are greedy con-artists who want to make as much money as they can and without thinking about the harm they cause to others. Our article published from p10 in Servamus: August 2022, warn readers about a variety of scams to watch out for.

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Compiled by Kotie Geldenhuys
Photos courtesy of Pixabay

We live in an age where many people share virtually every aspect of their lives on social media. We know exactly where they eat, what they eat, where they shop, what they buy, where they go on holiday, how they relax, which meetings they attend or friends they visit. Sharing things on social media comes almost instinctively to many people and this does not change when they have children. They want to share everything about this new bundle of joy: from their birth to the first tooth, the first smile, the first step, the first school day, the first sports game, and all the precious moments in between. They want their friends and family to see all of these achievements. It is has become so common for parents to share photos of their children that there is even a special term for it, namely "sharenting" (Ohwovoriole, 2021).

By Kotie Geldenhuys
Photos by Ciaran Ryan/GroundUp and Ashraf Hendricks/GroundUp and Unsplash

In February 2021, the family of Leslie Cilliers, a police member who died in a hail of bullets while apprehending a group of robbers in July 2003, was informed that one of the men convicted for Leslie’s murder, had become eligible for an early parole consideration after serving only 18 years of his life sentence. In recent months, it was also revealed that Oscar Pistorius may become eligible for parole after serving half of his sentence. While in March 2022 the so-called sword murderer, Morné Harmse was released on parole after serving 13 years of his 20-year sentence. When a convicted person is released on parole, the crime victims are revictimised and let’s be honest, the release of such individuals can endanger communities.

By Kotie Geldenhuys

Victims of crime is such an important topic that we have decided to dedicate two consecutive issues of Servamus to this theme. While writing an article about secondary victimisation of crime victims during the parole process, a family's fight to keep their loved one's murderers behind bars, hit me in the gut. This is the story of Roxanne van Eck whose policeman father, Leslie Cilliers, was gunned down cold-bloodedly in 2003.

Article and photo provided by the National Council of SPCAs

Whether you want to believe it or not: organised crime targeting animals exists! The first example that comes to mind is syndicated dogfighting, while other covert offences of cruelty against animals include sexual abuse. These offences do not necessarily happen in the open which is why there is a need for a specialised unit to research, investigate and combat crimes of this nature.

Servamus - August 2022

In these tough economic times one cannot blame people if they want their money to grow, especially when good returns are promised, as in the case of cryptocurrencies.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Diamonds are not only one of the most beautiful gemstones, it is also the most durable substance known to mankind.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
In a country where 7.9 million people are unemployed (StatsSA, 2022), it comes as no surprise that many people fall for employment scams.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Every year, more and more light is shed on the cruelty behind the breeding industry that is often kept hidden from the public by breeders.
Article and photos provided by the National Council of SPCAs

Pollex - August 2022

General Notice 642 of 2021, issued in terms of section 19(2) of the Defence Act 42 of 2002 by the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans is published in Government Gazette No 45419 dated 2 November 2021.
Introduction Have you, the reader (in particular law enforcement officers) ever heard of the following?

Letters - August 2022

Congratulations to the following Servamus subscribers who have each won a book in the past few months’ book review competitions:
A resolution adopted in 2018, by a group of retired and serving members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) to reach out to needy families, recently benefitted the Tlapu family in Tantanana village outside Phokeng, Rustenburg.
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