Servamus interviewed a few former police members to find out about their “lives after the police” and a community member who joins the fight against crime – especially environmental crime. Read their stories from pp 20-26 in Servamus: November 2017.
With the latest crime statistics being released at the end of October, it sketches a less positive picture. We look at alternative ways in which citizens choose to protect themselves. Read the article from pp 14-19 in Servamus: November 2017.
It is always a privilege to participate in awards ceremonies where excellent police work is recognised. Thanks to Trackers individual police members and units have been awarded for their fight against vehicle crime for the 18th time! Read the article from pp 46-49 in Servamus: November 2017.
Compiled by Kotie Geldenhuys
Asanda Baninzi and Wox Mthuthuzeli Nombewu hijacked a sergeant based at the Langebaan Airforce Base and his girlfriend, then drove them to the Mawumawu area in Nyanga. Wox shot the man in his head as he lay face down on the road, while his terrified girlfriend was still sitting in the vehicle. They dumped his body before they took the woman to Zwelitsha, where both men raped her before they also shot her in the head. They dumped her body in the backyard of a Nyanga East house. Week after week, the Gugulethu community saw the burials of young people who had lost their lives in the mindless spiral of crime. The township was choking under this wave of murder, rape and execution-style killings and community meetings and memorial services became the norm. It seemed that as soon as one funeral was over, there was news of yet another murder.
By Annalise Kempen
Who will be the next National Commissioner of the SAPS? That is the question on many concerned South Africans' lips - especially those of police members, researchers and the SAPS's partners in the fight against crime. There is a chance that this question might already have been answered by the time that you read this article. But if it has not happened yet, then the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and Corruption Watch have valuable tips and guidelines about what the process of appointing the next National Commissioner of the SAPS and the Head of the Hawks should entail.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Normal, healthy people seldom dream about death. They do not see crime scenes and dead people when they close their eyes. They do not pray night after night to have a peaceful night's rest. They do not relive moments of anxiety and fear over and over again. They do not wake up with a shock, sweating and screaming.
Law enforcement officers are not only exposed to violence; they are often themselves the victims of violence and sometimes, they also have to use violence against offenders. Law enforcement officers are expected to have considerable tolerance for living with violence and danger, but this constant exposure to violence has an impact on both their mental and physical health. It can cost some law enforcement officers dearly in terms of their careers, their marriages and even their lives.
Legislative provisions for these types of criminals
Compiled by Kotie Geldenhuys
For a period of 11 years the serial rapist and murderer, Jimmy Maketta, terrorised communities in the Philippi area near Cape Town. He would stalk his victims like an animal, often sitting on a hill from where he had a good view of the local farms and houses. After dark he would break in, rape and kill his victims by hacking them to pieces with an axe or by bludgeoning them with a hammer. Many of his rape victims were drunk when he attacked them at night, and did not even know they had been raped. After his arrest and trial he was found guilty on 47 charges, including 19 counts of rape and 16 counts of murder.