Capt (ret) Bob Sewpersad, a humble officer with immense integrity and high moral standards, celebrates his 86th birthday on 8 February. He is recognised as one of the oldest, surviving members within the Pietermaritzburg policing precinct.

As a commissioned officer who served his peers and community with pride and dignity for almost three decades, he remains highly respected by both his peers and subordinates alike.

Born in Pietermaritzburg, he joined the SA Police in 1958. In 1981, through sheer discipline, perseverance and dedication, he worked his way up the ranks to become the first Indian commissioned officer within the Natal Midlands Area and was appointed as the station commander of Mountain Rise.

He mentored and guided many non-white senior police officers, including myself. He and other non-white policemen, irrespective of their ranks or status, were considered inferior to their white contemporaries, through the police regulation. These unjust regulations caused much hurt, pain and contention among non-white policemen, but they had no recourse. It was a very trying time, especially for policemen of colour who held rank in those days. These resilient men were really challenged to the limits, and Capt Sewpersad was one of them.

We salute you, Sir and acknowledge your contributions to individual members and the community. Here's to wishing you good health, peace and security in your years of well-deserved retirement.

Logan Govender

Servamus - June 2023

It seems that some schools in the country have become a paradise for gangsters as children are recruited to join gangs and turf wars are fought on school grounds.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Each year, a large number of incarcerated offenders are released from South African correctional centres and returned to their families and communities.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Nobody volunteers to become a victim of human trafficking or modern slavery.
Compiled by Annalise Kempen
"When growing up in an environment where your father does not care about you and never gives you a pat on the back saying 'well done', it open doors for gangsterism."
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - June 2023

During March/April 2023 Mr Thabo Bester, referred to supra, was constantly in the news.
The Domestic Violence Act 116 of 1998 (hereinafter referred to as Act 116 of 1998) is amended by the Domestic Violence Amendment Act 14 of 2021 which appears in English and Afrikaans in Government Gazette No 45824 dated 28 January 2022 (hereinafter referred to as the "Amendment Act").
Read More - Diljan v Minister of Police (Case no 746/2021) [2022] ZASCA 103 (dated 24 June 2022) (SCA)
Relevant legal provisions applicable to this judgment Section 40(1)(b) of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 ("the CPA") provides as follows:

Letters - June 2023

Ek is baie dankbaar dat ek oorgeskakel het vanaf die gedrukte na die digitale uitgawe van Servamus.
I am dismayed to learn of the "unintended" public release of personal information of eight victims of a rape that occurred in July 2022 in Krugersdorp.
The manner in which I was received by the acting Station Commander of Townhill SAPS, W/O P K Naidoo, on the morning of 12 April 2023, not only humbled me but caused me to eat humble pie.
June 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.