• 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

In the early morning hours of 2 June 2019, Bernard Groenewald, a truck driver, pulled over along the N1 near Touws River in the Western Cape, when a petrol bomb was thrown into his truck. As he tried to jump out of his truck to escape, he broke his ankle and was unable to flee the scene. While he was on the ground, another petrol bomb was thrown at him. On 14 June 2019, he died due to the multiple injuries he had sustained (Kassen, 2019). There are many workers like Bernard and other employees in several other work environments, who are risking their lives to earn a living.

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Compiled by Annalise Kempen

On 6 September 2020, the SAPS commemorated the lives of 40 police officials who had paid the highest price during the period 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020. Some of these police officials were murdered because of the investigations they were conducting; while others were murdered while they were attempting to stop criminals in their tracks. During the past few months, a new invisible enemy has been added to the list of dangers that our law enforcers face - COVID-19. Sadly, by 22 September 2020, 215 employees of the SAPS had already succumbed to this virus, while more than 16 500 have been infected and more than 15 000 have recovered.

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By Kotie Geldenhuys

The untimely death of Suna Venter, an SABC journalist, in June 2017, is confirmation that threat assessment and management in the workplace is essential. Suna was part of the so-called SABC 8, who were suspended from the SABC in 2016 for disagreeing with orders to not cover anti-government and anti-media censorship protests that were taking place outside the SABC’s offices in Cape Town. The Labour Court ruled that they had been unfairly and unlawfully dismissed and had to be reinstated. But Suna who was regarded as the one who was leading the charge against the SABC, soon began to receive anonymous death threats.

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Compiled by Kotie Geldenhuys

We are all familiar with the term “bullying” and all too often images of learners who are bullied by teasing, isolation and physical assaults, come to mind. When leaving school, bullied individuals think that they are now entering a life without bullies. Think again. Believe it or not, bullying in the workplace is something which occurs quite frequently. According to the Workplace Bullying Institute, more than 60 million working people in the USA are affected by bullying (www.healthline.com/health/workplace bullying#signs).

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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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