• 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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Article and photos by Annalise Kempen

Police members who are passionate about making a difference warm my heart. At the 18th Tracker SAPS annual awards ceremony that was held on 6 October 2017 in Pretoria, I had the opportunity to meet a few of these members. These are some of the many police members who are willing to go a few extra miles, often while having to do their job with minimal resources. Fortunately, there is one type of resource that many of these members have access to, namely Tracker technology which assists them in vehicle tracking, recoveries and subsequent arrests.

Celebrating a milestone
Twenty-one years ago, the formal relationship between the South African Police Service and Tracker started after the two parties had signed an agreement in April 1996. It entailed that Tracker would supply vehicle tracking and recovery systems. This agreement was made after the SAPS had entered into negotiations with Tracker and Unicode to obtain technology to support the police in fighting vehicle-related crime. At the time, Servamus reported that the two systems would complement each other in that the tracking system would enable the police to successfully track and recover stolen vehicles, while Unicode would provide irrefutable identification of the vehicle when it was recovered and ensure retrieval by its rightful owner. On 1 October 1996, the official switch-on of the Tracker stolen vehicle tracking and recovery system took place (Huisamen, 1996).

In those years, having a tracking device installed in your vehicle was not as common as it is today. Nevertheless, two large vehicle manufacturers endorsed the Tracker system. Their reasons included that the system had a direct link to the police and operated nationally. These days, it is far more common to have a tracking system installed in one's vehicle and it has even become a prerequisite by many short-term insurers for specific vehicle models with a higher risk of being stolen or hijacked. Yet, Tracker is still the only vehicle tracking company in South Africa to have a formal agreement with the SAPS.

The results speak for themselves after 21 years
Thanks to the Tracker/SAPS partnership, which has lasted for the past 21 years, more than 84 000 stolen and hijacked vehicles have been recovered, which amounts to a monetary value of almost R13 billion in today's terms. In addition, almost 16 500 suspects have been arrested at an arrest rate of one arrest for every five vehicles recovered. This has been made possible thanks to the thousands of police members who have been trained in using the Tracker technology that has been fitted in almost 1500 police vehicles and aircraft. However, having technology means nothing if people, and in this case police members, do not use this technology to aid them in fighting crime.

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[This is only an extract of an article published from p 46 in Servamus: November 2017. The rest of this article gives recognition to the different provincial and national winners on both a unit and individual level. Contact Servamus’s offices to request the rest of this 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.
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