• The “art” scene is not safe from infiltration by organised criminal groups that have no regard for the real value of these collector’s items. Read Servamus’s article from p39 about how art and cultural artifacts are traded for a range of illegal commodities, including firearms and drugs.

  • Servamus subscribers stand the chance of winning a BYRNA Less-lethal firearm (no need for permits). Turn to p31 of Servamus: December 2020 to find out what you need to do to win this awesome prize worth R7500!

  • Corruption ensures a flourishing illegal wildlife trade. Read the article published in Servamus: December 2020 from p26 to read about the drivers for this type of crime.

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By Kotie Geldenhuys

The term "organised crime" is associated with crimes involving "big money": cash-in-transit robberies, smuggling of precious metals and stones, smuggling of wildlife and animal parts, drug trafficking, cross-border vehicle crime and money laundering, to name a few. In the process we overlook the potential role of organised crime in the retail environment. Organised crime in the retail environment is about much more than an armed robbery at a shopping mall when a group of heavily armed criminals target shops trading in goods such as jewellery, IT equipment, cellphones and exclusive clothing. It also involves the large-scale theft of everyday consumer items such as baby formula, cigarettes, razors, over-the-counter medication, health and beauty items, designer brand clothing, accessories as well as electronics.

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By Kotie Geldenhuys

The concept of organised crime often evokes images of mafia- like figures and secret societies involved in drug trafficking and murder. Globally, this “mafia mystique” is associated with shadowy organisations such as the Chinese triads or Japanese yakuza. However, in South Africa, organised crime makes one think about notorious individuals like Radovan Krejcir, Nafiz Modack and Mark Lifman. These crime bosses have been linked to illicit enterprises, with a group of carefully selected organised crime members and corrupt public officials, law enforcement officers and politicians.

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By Prof André Buys

The use of excessive force by law enforcers across the world is not uncommon. In South Africa, the Marikana incident during which 34 miners died at the hands of members of the South African Police Service in August 2012, to this day, raises more questions than answers about the use of force by the police. In the USA, police violence is one of the leading causes of death among young men, with one in every 1000 black men who can be expected to be killed by the police. And their risk of being killed peaks between the ages of 20 and 35 years (Edwards, Lee and Esposito, 2019). According to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate, death in custody has increased for the first six months of the 2020/2021 report year, where 205 people have died as a result of police action, of whom 115 died in police custody (RSG, 2020).

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By Kotie Geldenhuys

Since the Czech fugitive, Radovan Krejcir, entered South Africa with a false passport in 2007, the bodies of people associated with him have been piling up. In May 2010, Lolly Jackson was gunned down in a house in Johannesburg. He and the Czech citizenwere allegedly involved in a R9 million money laundering scheme. Eight days after Lolly Jackson had given Krejcir R2 million and shortly after he was approached to give evidence against Krejcir in a money laundering investigation, he was shot dead (Mail & Guardian, 2011).

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Servamus - December 2020

The term "organised crime" is associated with crimes involving "big money": cash-in-transit robberies, smuggling of precious metals and stones, smuggling of wildlife and animal parts, drug trafficking, cross-border vehicle crime and money laundering, to name a few.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
The concept of organised crime often evokes images of mafia- like figures and secret societies involved in drug trafficking and murder.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
The use of excessive force by law enforcers across the world is not uncommon.
By Prof André Buys
Since the Czech fugitive, Radovan Krejcir, entered South Africa with a false passport in 2007, the bodies of people associated with him have been piling up.
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - December 2020

Pollex also discussed the following court cases in Servamus: December 2020.
Read More - S v Mathekga and Another (Case no 717/2019) [2020] ZA SCA 77 (30 June 2020) (SCA)
Introduction This is a regrettable and most unfortunate case in which police officials shot and killed one of their own colleagues, and shot and wounded another.

Letters - December 2020

NAME: W/O L H Zandberg STATION: Pretoria Central SAPS
Congratulations are in order for Lt-Col Marli Strydom from the Northern Cape who was awarded a bronze certificate during the sixth annual National Batho Pele Excellence Awards 2020. The ceremony was held on 30 October 2020 in Boksburg.
December Magazine Cover

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