• Although our paths regularly cross with those of homeless people, we seldom think about them as potential vulnerable victims of serious crime. Read more about the in-depth article about how they are affected from p 44 in Servamus: February 2018.

    Although our paths regularly cross with those of homeless people, we seldom think about them as potential vulnerable victims of serious crime. Read more about the in-depth article about how they are affected from p 44 in Servamus: February 2018.

  • Ever thought about the fact that those who are falsely accused of crime are also victims? We explore the impact of these false allegations on these victims and look at the trauma of serving time when you are innocent in an article published from p 28 in Servamus: February 2018.

    Ever thought about the fact that those who are falsely accused of crime are also victims? We explore the impact of these false allegations on these victims and look at the trauma of serving time when you are innocent in an article published from p 28 in Servamus: February 2018.

  • Members of Flying Squads often arrive first at crime scenes to confront dangerous criminals. This month we pay tribute to the hardworking heroes of the Johannesburg Flying Squad and introduce their commander. Refer to the article from p 50 in Servamus: February 2018.

    Members of Flying Squads often arrive first at crime scenes to confront dangerous criminals. This month we pay tribute to the hardworking heroes of the Johannesburg Flying Squad and introduce their commander. Refer to the article from p 50 in Servamus: February 2018.

  • Many victims of crime choose not to report the incident to the police. We explore the reasons why; find out whether it is a situation unique to South Africa and look at the consequence of non-reporting of crime in an article published from p 10 in Servamus: February 2018.

    Many victims of crime choose not to report the incident to the police. We explore the reasons why; find out whether it is a situation unique to South Africa and look at the consequence of non-reporting of crime in an article published from p 10 in Servamus: February 2018.

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By Annalise Kempen

In October 2000, a police official was seriously injured when he foiled a bank robbery in the Bedfordview centre near Johannesburg after two men robbed the Standard Bank of a large amount of cash. The police official, who was near the bank, noticed the men and a shoot-out ensued between him and the robbers. Both robbers were shot dead while the officer was seriously wounded in the chest (Sapa, 2000). What happened at Standard Bank was unfortunately not an isolated incident in those years.

It was not long before the four major banks at the time, namely Absa, FNB, Nedbank and Standard Bank, realised that fighting bank robberies required a concerted effort as all the banks were being targeted and bank robberies were a key critical issue for them at the time. The banks decided that instead of investing resources to deal with these crimes individually, they should pool their resources. After all, the perpetrators didn't care about which bank they targeted, they just went where the opportunities were. Once the banks realised that they were dealing with the same type of criminals, they established a unit within the Banking Association to which each bank seconded staff members.

Once this unit got going, they realised that they couldn't only focus on bank robberies, but that they had bigger challenges and realised that organised bank crime should be their focus. The picture was starting to take shape - the banks started conceptualising how they could form a company and what its capabilities would be to help them fight organised bank-related crime collaboratively. The banks realised that to fight these crimes they had to work together, and that is what led to the birth of the South African Banking Risk Information Centre - or, as we have all come to know it over the past 15 years, SABRIC. Initially, it was registered as a private company, and later as a non-profit organisation, as it had been established for a specific purpose.

Servamus asked SABRIC's CEO, Kalyani Pillay, to tell us more about the role that she and her team are playing in lending a helping hand to the banks and cash-in-transit companies as well as (ultimately) to law enforcement in dealing with organised bank-related crime.

SABRIC's mandate
SABRIC's original mandate is still very much its current mandate, although the organisation has restructured along the way in order to render a better service to their members and to align it with the current crime landscape. Their mandate covers four areas.
The first area of responsibility is to host and manage a central crime risk information repository. This means that all bank-related criminal incidences perpetrated against bank clients (SABRIC's members [see below]) are captured onto SABRIC's database. This repository contains all crime risk information pertaining to bank-related crime, albeit it violent, commercial or financial crime, for analysis for SABRIC's members. With this information at hand, SABRIC develops crime risk mitigation products that enable its members to fight organised bank-related crime and to mitigate risks internally. Being privy to industry trends and information empowers them as individual commercial banks to deal with these crimes.

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[This is only an extract of an article published from p 26 in Servamus: November 2017. The rest of this article reminds that banks are not Sabric’s only clients as well as some of its flagship projects, the challenges the industry face and why Sabric is a force to reckon with. Contact Servamus’s offices to request the rest of this interesting article by sending an e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phoning (012) 345 4660/22.]

Servamus - February 2018

In high profile cases such as that of the Modimolle monster or Oscar Pistorius, the public heard, through the media, what impact the violent crime had on the victim and their families.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
People sleeping on sheets of cardboard under dirty old blankets on pavements or on dark park benches are a familiar sight when driving through the suburbs late at night.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
“You were wearing a low cut, short mini dress, what did you expect?” Those are often the first words a rape victim hears when she tells someone from whom she trusted to get support, after she was raped by a friend at a party.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
If you have been the victim of a property-related crime such as a housebreaking, stay in an urban area or have relatively easy access to a police station, chances are very good that you will report it to the police.
By Annalise Kempen

Pollex - February 2018

Read More - Solidarity [Trade Union] [on behalf of Sgt Armand] Gerber v SAPS and Others (C381/17) [2017] ZALCCT 36 (11 August 2017)*
This is a judgment of the Cape Town Labour Court which began when Sgt Gerber approached the court. Sgt Gerber suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of a traumatic event in the course of his duty as a member of the SAPS.
Towards the end of 2017, various news agencies reported a story about a female university student from the Eastern Cape who mistakenly received a payment of R14 million instead of R1400 from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).
Read More - S V Byleveld 2017 (1) SACR 218 (NWM)
“252A. Authority to make use of traps and undercover operations and admissibility of evidence so obtained
Read More - S V Masoanganye and Others 2015 (2) SACR 577 (NWM)
Five accused persons were convicted and sentenced by a single judge before the High Court in Mahikeng in the North West Province on charges of theft, all in respect of amounts stolen from the Guardian Fund (Afrikaans: “Voogdyfonds”).
Read More - S V Ramoba 2017 (2) SACR353 (SCA)
The accused, who was 33 years of age at the time of sentencing before the regional court in Tzaneen in Limpopo, was convicted on 12 very serious charges whereupon he and his co-accused, were each sentenced to an effective term of 52 years’ incarceration.
These Regulations appear as Government Notice No R 1138, in Government Gazette No 41203 dated 27 October 2017 (“the ‘new’ Regulations”).

Letters - February 2018

A former police member, Lt-Col Mathews Leballo, has since his retirement not forsaken the needs of vulnerable groups.
The management and staff of Evaton SAPS got to celebrate Christmas on 20 December 2017 with Christmas Carols. The event was blessed by the Provincial Head Office Chaplain Rev Mudau.
A lot of crimes have been committed in 2017 and previously and some of these offenders are regretful of committing criminal acts.
Brig N G (Natty) Govender enlisted into the South African Police with the intention of becoming a motor technician.
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.
February 2018 Magazine Cover

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