Remember the bomb technician’s motto: “I am a bomb technician, if you see me running, try and keep up!” – In the January 2018 issue of Servamus we share the realities faced by bomb technicians and tell you what it takes to become one.
In our Community Safety Tips of Servamus: January 2018, we deal with medicine, false advertising, quacks & our health and help you distinguish between facts and fictions in terms of medicine.
In the second part of our short series of “Putting school bullies in their place” – Legally published in Servamus: January 2018, we guide readers you step by step on how to obtain a Harassment Act protection order and the accompanying warrant of arrest..
Compiled by Kotie Geldenhuys
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. Eventually he admitted that he had been taking bribes from bookmakers to influence matches since 1996. But Hansie is not the only sportsman involved in match-fixing and crimes like these can be regarded as an aspect of transnational organised crime.
- A death sentence
A young woman struggled with her weight for years and became so ashamed of her body that she was afraid to leave her home. Desperate for a solution, she searched the Internet for weight loss drugs and stumbled upon an illicit fat-burning drug, which she ordered. When the yellow tablets arrived, she immediately took some of them, but they sent her heart rate racing and her temperature soaring. The following day her mother found her feverish and sweating in a cold bath, desperately trying to cool down. She was rushed to hospital, but eight hours later she had a fatal heart attack. This young woman’s life was cruelly snatched away, all because she was so desperate to lose weight that she would do anything - even use fake, illicit medication.
Article and photo 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. None of the commissioners appointed by the President, in a permanent capacity, had any police experience or understood the police environment. This resulted in numerous calls being made by interested parties, role-players and the general public to appoint a seasoned police member who had gone through the ranks and who knows the policing environment as the next national police commissioner. Finally, after more than two years during which two acting national commissioners had to steer the SAPS following the suspension of Riah Phiyega, the announcement came: the newly appointed national police commissioner is indeed a career policeman.
- Dealing with explosives
By Annalise Kempen
Photos provided by Brig Pillay
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. A group of armed robbers attack the petrol attendants, forcing them to fill up the vehicles with fuel. The robbers then storm into the shop, steal cigarettes and other items ... and then take the bold step of blowing up the ATM and the drop safe. The robbers flee the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash, leaving behind the shocked staff members.