• 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

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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 - November 2017

Police members who are passionate about making a difference warm my heart.
By Annalise Kempen
Almost 200 years ago, in 1829, the world's first police force was created by Sir Robert Peel.
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.
By Annalise Kempen
During the first weekend of October 2017, there was a huge outcry on social media following the spreading of a video showing an incident at a supermarket in Gauteng where security officers assaulted a woman while her crying three-year-old toddler bore witness to her mother's ordeal.
By Annalise Kempen

Pollex - November 2017

Section 165 of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 (“the CPA”) provides as follows:
Read More - S V Sebofi 2015 (2) SACR 179 (GJ)
Mr Sebofi (the accused) was convicted on two counts of rape by the regional court in Roodepoort (the trial court), and sentenced to life incarceration.
In the case of Jordaan and Others v City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality and Others [2017] ZACC 31 (CC), a full bench of 11 judges of our Constitutional Court unanimously declared that, on transfer of property, a new owner is NOT liable for debts (Afrikaans: "skuld") arising BEFORE transfer of the property under section 118(3) of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act 32 of 2000.
Read More - Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Gauteng v MG 2017 (2) SACR 132 (SCA)
Background Section 57(1) of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act 32 of 2007 provides as follows:
In Servamus: June 2015 Pollex briefly referred to two Draft White Papers* that had appeared on 3 March 2015 and on which the public were asked to comment.

Letters - November 2017

Recently, former officers of the SAPS from Pietermaritzburg were invited by officers from Durban to meet at the Japanese Gardens, Durban North, to get to know each other.
Police members from Napier Police Station were busy with crime prevention duties in Sarel Cilliers Street in Napier when a white Nissan Tida, driving at a high speed, passed them around 23:00 on 11 October 2017.
After nearly two years of devotion to a case of aggravated robbery, a Westville SAPS detective secured 15 yearsentences for two accused in a Pinetown court during the end of September 2017.
November 2017 Magazine Cover

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