Each year the SAPS give recognition to police employees who have excelled in the job they do. We celebrate these men and women in blue by telling each one’s story. Refer to our article published from pp 48 in Servamus: March 2018.
Do you have an idea what to do if you are kidnapped? Irrespective of whether it happens during a hijacking or someone has other intentions. We share valuable tips of what you should do in a hostage situation.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. Some people are so desperate that they secretly hide on trains, ships and airplanes in search of a better life. Learn more about the reality of stowaways in the Servamus: March 2018.
A former police member, Lt-Col Mathews Leballo, has since his retirement not forsaken the needs of vulnerable groups. On 8 December 2017, his Mathews Stars organisation, in conjunction with the senior citizens who are part of the Gembest Nafcoc Centre, arranged a Christmas function to also educate the community about respect for elderly people, and especially those living with disabilities. This was held at the Soshanguve stadium and the community of Soshanguve, Mabopane, Winterveld and neighbouring areas were involved.
A lot of crimes have been committed in 2017 and previously and some of these offenders are regretful of committing criminal acts. A 56-year-old male who was incarcerated for 15 years for murdering his brother while high on Mandrax has shown remorse to the community and to his family. He wants to use the lessons and skills that he's learnt in prison to the benefit of his community.
"During my 15 year sentence at the Johannesburg Correctional Service, I was taught a lot as I was also active and participated in different activities. I joined the boxing club where they taught us self-defence skills and how to keep fit and healthy and I instantly felt in love with the boxing club. My new year's resolution is to stay out of crime and work on building myself and the community that I live in," said the 56-year-old-man.
Brig N G (Natty) Govender enlisted into the South African Police with the intention of becoming a motor technician. However during that period, non-whites were not allowed to serve in the technical section. Brig H Badul assisted him in gaining admission to the SAPS uniform branch at Glendale.
After completing his basic training at the famous Wentworth Police College, where he was awarded the trophy for the Best Student of the Troop, he was identified for his exceptional abilities. He subsequently remained at this training college as an instructor/tutor in musketry, physical training, drill and as a law lecturer on the permanent staff. It was a privilege, as only a negligible percentage qualifies for this position. His emphasis was on super fitness, precision and discipline of an extreme high standard.
According to an article published in the Sunday Times at the end of 2017, the SAPS has splashed out on what are believed the most expensive bulletproof vests in the world. Allegedly almost R6.7 million has been paid so far for the 200 hi-tech lightweight vests and for ballistic testing. In comparison, the police are paid only R400 for danger allowance (although the SAPS uses the wording of "service allowance", it is a danger allowance).
I have asked myself: what is R400 compared to these critical dangerous conditions under which we are working? Two police officials of Mount Road Police Station were attacked by robbers when they attended a robbery crime scene: Const Mjandana lost her life at the crime scene while Sgt Frans was taken to hospital in a critical condition.