• Bullying is a serious issue in schools. We remind about the relevant legislation and definitions in the first of three articles about dealing with school bullies. Read this article in the December 2017 issue of Servamus.

    Bullying is a serious issue in schools. We remind about the relevant legislation and definitions in the first of three articles about dealing with school bullies. Read this article in the December 2017 issue of Servamus.

  • The SAPS is adamant that they want to deal with police members who lead double lives and are susceptible to corrupt activities. All SAPS employees should read this article in the December 2017 issue of Servamus about what it being done to root out corruption.

    The SAPS is adamant that they want to deal with police members who lead double lives and are susceptible to corrupt activities. All SAPS employees should read this article in the December 2017 issue of Servamus about what it being done to root out corruption.

  • Are you a sucker for #FakeNews? We share valuable tips how to distinguish between the good, the bad and the ugly in the December 2017 issue of Servamus.

    Are you a sucker for #FakeNews? We share valuable tips how to distinguish between the good, the bad and the ugly in the December 2017 issue of Servamus.

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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 - December 2017

A Free State farmer responded to an OLX advert from someone selling animal feed. "I wanted to buy cattle feed, so I deposited the R21 000 immediately after I verified the seller's banking details," he said.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
During mid-October 2017, social media was awash with the news that approximately 30 million South Africans' personal information had been hacked.
By Annalise Kempen
There is no positive light in which to paint the latest crime statistics released by the Minister of Police, Fikile Mbalula, on 24 October 2017.
By Annalise Kempen
Ben is a 14-year-old teenage boy who comes across the online game the Blue Whale. While playing this game, he has to complete one challenge after another.
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - December 2017

Years ago, when General Motors “was still a sergeant”, the police’s motto was “Servamus et Servimus”, meaning “we protect and we serve”.
Read More - S V Phillips 2017 (1) SACR 373 (SCA)
Background Section 4(1) of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act 12 of 2004 (hereinafter referred to as Act 12 of 2004) provides as follows:
Read More - S V Setlholo 2017 (1) SACR 544 (NCK)
In this case the accused was, at the time of committing the two offences concerned, a constable in the SAPS.

Letters - December 2017

While participating in the SAPS National Half-marathon held in Rustenburg during October 2017, I decided that I wanted to run all the marathon races in the Bay during 2018.
On Wednesday 1 November 2017, at approximately 10:00, Capt B R Simpson and Const T E Ntuli from the FLASH Unit at SAPS Emanguzi were travelling along the R22 main road (Engozeni area) towards the Farazela Port of Entry at the Mozambican border.
South African communities are faced with various crimes and it has been a challenge to every citizen to play a role in bringing all perpetrators to justice by working hand-in-hand with the South African Police Service.
Members of the social crime prevention office of Emanguzi SAPS have been working hard to bring awareness to the local communities in an effort to protect the most vulnerable and youngest members in our communities.
December 2017 Magazine Cover

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