• The SAPS held a special parade to welcome back Mr Bheki Cele as the Minister for Police. He had previously been the National Commissioner of the SAPS. Refer to article published on pp 44-45 of Servamus: April 2018.

    The SAPS held a special parade to welcome back Mr Bheki Cele as the Minister for Police. He had previously been the National Commissioner of the SAPS. Refer to article published on pp 44-45 of Servamus: April 2018.

  • The tragedy surrounding the murder of Jayde Panayiotou is discussed in this month’s crime series. Read about how Jayde’s murder was planned by her husband and the work done by the police investigators.

    The tragedy surrounding the murder of Jayde Panayiotou is discussed in this month’s crime series. Read about how Jayde’s murder was planned by her husband and the work done by the police investigators.

  • Following the Marikana tragedy in 2012, the Public Order Policing Units of the SAPS come under attack. A lot of work has been done ever since, including the launch of national reserve POP Units. We update you on the latest developments surrounding POP in Servamus: April 2018.

    Following the Marikana tragedy in 2012, the Public Order Policing Units of the SAPS come under attack. A lot of work has been done ever since, including the launch of national reserve POP Units. We update you on the latest developments surrounding POP in Servamus: April 2018.

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- S V Singh and Others 2016 (2) SACR 443 (SCA)

During 2007 to 2008, members of the SAPS conducted an undercover operation under section 252A of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977. This operation was targeted at eliminating a syndicate which hijacked large 18-wheeler trucks on the N3 highway between Johannesburg and Durban. The hijacked vehicles were then driven to quiet side roads where the wheels were removed and delivered to the coordinator of the syndicate for reward. During the operation, Sgt Smith acted as the undercover agent while Capt Ungerer was the project manager and handler of Sgt Smith.

The operation was extremely successful in that three accused persons were ultimately convicted before the High Court in Durban on 20 counts, ranging from racketeering in terms of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act 121 of 1998 (POCA), robbery with aggravating circumstances, corruption in terms of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act 12 of 2004, kidnapping, unlawful possession of a firearm, attempted murder and money-laundering (also) in terms of POCA. Each of the three accused were sentenced to relatively long terms of incarceration.

On appeal against both their convictions and sentences before a full bench of five judges of the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein (the SCA), one of the challenges raised by the accused, was based on the ground that “the conduct of the Director of Public Prosecutions [DPP], in authorising Sgt Smith to involve himself in further criminal conduct after the identity of the syndicate members had been established, endangered the safety of the public order”.

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Servamus - April 2018

When a disabled 52-year-old former soldier's wife died a couple of years ago, his 26-year-old brother-in-law moved into his house to take care of him.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
For many consumers, short-term insurance is a grudge expense, until that day when they are involved in a vehicle accident or they return home from work or holiday to find that they have been the victim of a burglary and they need to register a claim with their insurer.
By Annalise Kempen
There are no words to describe the shock when a man cold-bloodedly murders his wife, seemingly without motive.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Many adults have fond memories of their grandparents - visiting them during holidays, being treated with sweets or sitting on their laps listening to numerous stories.
By Annalise Kempen

Pollex - April 2018

The word supra refers to "a person who eats human flesh". According to recent media reports, arrests have been made "for the crime of cannibalism" (Afrikaans: "kannibalisme") and that those persons will "appear in court on charges of cannibalism".
Read More - Per Mr Lucky Shange in a news item that appeared in News 24 dated 17 February 2018
According to the news item referred to supra, the 40-year-old Mr Lucky Shange was arrested in 1998.
According to all indications, South Africa has, or is heading for a water crisis. As far as the Cape Peninsula in the Western Cape is concerned, the crisis is already upon its inhabitants.

Letters - April 2018

The article “A walk down memory lane - Paying tribute to a dedicated war hero” that was published in Servamus: March 2018 on pp 76-77, refers.
Ever thought about the impact of parents’ jobs on their children? This poem, written by W/O Johan Coetzer’s daughter, Megan, says so much, especially when one realises that she was only 13 years old when she wrote it.
April 2018 Magazine Cover

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