• 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 Annalise Kempen

The job of a "private investigator" or PI is synonymous with images of the sexy Thomas Magnum, a former Navy seal, who drives around in a red Ferrari on the beautiful island of Hawaii, in the similarly named television series Magnum PI. The series gives viewers the impression that all PIs repurpose the skills they obtained during their former military or law enforcement careers, to assist their clients in getting some form of justice. Their clients usually have a valid reason why they prefer not to involve the police directly or immediately in the investigation. The television series also plays on the love-hate relationship between Magnum and one of Hawaii's top detectives. And, if you are not familiar with Magnum, then surely the name of Sherlock Holmes, a fictional private detective, will ring a bell.

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Compiled by Kotie Geldenhuys

For many years South Africa has been experiencing considerably higher levels of crime. For South Africa to stand a chance of turning the tide against this crime wave, meaningful partnerships with other government departments, community members, businesses and crime prevention specialists are essential. There is no way that the SAPS has enough manpower, skills or physical resources to deal with the different types of crime - forming partnerships is the only way to tackle crime in a constructive way.

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By Kotie Geldenhuys
Photos by Ashraf Hendricks/ GroundUp

Madoda Magadla, a 50-year-old man from Daveyton, who was accused of stealing a television, was executed by an angry mob who assaulted him in the yard of the family home where the television set allegedly went missing. Eyewitnesses recalled that the assault continued for approximately four hours and that members of the family took part in the beatings. Not only did they use their bare hands to assault Madoda, they also hit him with a sjambok and kicked him. At one stage they poured water over the bleeding man as it apparently intensified the sjambok sting. Later they also poured cold oil over Madoda to intensify the sting.

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Compiled by Kotie Geldenhuys

Crime is a global challenge that threatens safety and security within communities, and the peace and stability of the country. As crime compromises the quality of life of ordinary citizens, there is a need for a joint approach by the police and communities. The police have a constitutional mandate to fight crime and ensure the safety and security of the citizens of the country. But, due to the high crime rates that South Africa is experiencing, the SAPS is no longer in a position to combat crime on its own. One of the ways in which the lives of ordinary citizens can be improved is to become involved as communities as active partners in the fight against crime. This means that the fight against crime will be more successful when there is cooperation between the police, communities and other role-players. These include other law enforcement agencies such as the Metro Police Departments and traffic officials, as well as private security companies and local businesses. There is an urgent need for all role-players to form a united front against crime in an attempt to restore law and order in the country.

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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.
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