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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 - January 2018

The late Hansie Cronjé, South Africa's former cricket captain, was a national hero until cricket's biggest match-fixing scandal destroyed him. In 2000, South Africans and cricket lovers across the world were shocked when Hansie's name was connected with being involved in match-fixing.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
A young woman struggled with her weight for years and became so ashamed of her body that she was afraid to leave her home.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
For the past couple of years South Africans have witnessed the fall of one national police commissioner after another, resulting in Pres Zuma's track record of appointing National Police Commissioners being questioned.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
It is very early on a Monday morning, 03:00 to be exact, and not much is going on at a filling station in Mankweng in Limpopo. But then, suddenly, all hell breaks loose when three vehicles pull up at the station.
By Annalise Kempen

Pollex - January 2018

Read More - unreported (CC 26/2016) [2017] Zaecpehc 53 (2 November 2017) (ECP)
The reference supra is that of the widely publicised murder trial before the Port Elizabeth High Court in which Christopher Panayiotou and Sinethemba Nemembe were convicted of the murder of the late Ms Jayde Panayiotou who was the wife of Christopher.
Read More - S V Njiva and Another 2017 (1) SACR 395 (ECM)
Section 217(1) of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 (“the CPA”) provides as follows: “217. Admissibility of confession by accused
Read More - National Commissioner of Police v Southern African Human Rights Litigation Centre and Another 2015 (1) SACR 255 (CC)
In 2007 in Harare, the Zimbabwe police raided the headquarters of the main opposition political party whereafter they detained and allegedly tortured (Afrikaans: "martel") 100 Zimbabwean nationals.

Letters - January 2018

W/O David Pillay retired at the end of November 2017 after having served the South African Police Service and various communities for more than four decades - a lifetime to some.
Over the years, numerous retired police members, usually gathering at the funeral of a former colleague, suggested the formation of an organisation where retired police members could meet regularly to rekindle friendships; form new friendships; and share memories of the past on a regular basis and in an organised manner
Servamus has published a great article on the Tracker SAPS Awards 2017 in the November issue of the magazine whereby all units and nominated members were covered for the absolutely brilliant work they do in partnership with Tracker.
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.
January 2018 Magazine Cover

Servamus' Mission

Servamus is a community-based safety and security magazine for both members of the community as well as safety and security practitioners with the aim of increasing knowledge and sharing information, dedicated to improving their expertise, professionalism and service delivery standards. It promotes sound crime management practices, freedom of speech, education, training, information sharing and a networking platform.