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KZN Truth Database – Policing Sector – Farm

Model Setting & Development

Phase 1 – Reconstruction

Team, I am so pleased to report that after months of work, the KZN Policing Sector – Farm Victims – Murder list from 2010 to 2020 is complete.

This database contains 100% verified data which we believe has given us a result of 95%. Only as we now start to journey and reconnect with victims’ families will additional elements shine through.  

To understand and develop the truth database in all of these cases, we had to set a framework to work towards so that we would know when we had crossed the finish line of Phase 1.

Truth Framework Rules

  1. The truth comprises all available data and cases that have been recorded by victims’ families, media, associations, provincial and national bodies and Together SA CAN (NPO).
  1. Truth is simply the truth to those that care and have a sense of belonging.
  1. It has been both interesting and disappointing to see that unsolved cases have simply been forgotten. This is because of the sheer volume of cases and a lack of ongoing strategy. Remember the motto, “a case is only cold if we forget”. This is the responsibility of us all and not just the investigating officer. 
  1. In designing SVS we have drawn from international cases as well as the expertise of seasoned local Investigating Officers, but we as a collective need to adopt wholeheartedly with every bit of our energy and fibre, the shared desire that if a person commits murder they will forever be hunted by the masses, and not just by individuals.
  1. The truth and the facts in each case must be verified against the SAPS Crime Administration System (CAS).
  1. The details must then be plugged into the SVS purpose-designed system, backed up by the relevant whiteboarding processes and all basic research and design algorithms.
  1. Looking forward from 2020 we have agreed to set new rules which will be hard-coded into SVS and will be rolled out as we go. As this is still very much in an R & D phase, many of these aspects are currently being manually carried out, with basic algorithms being developed to case-prove and test the micromanagement theory of driving service delivery for all. 

    It has been a total success thus far and something I don’t know why I did not implement from Day 1, Generation 1 in 2003; but that’s why technology is a never-ending journey of change. All cases falling under KZN Policing Sector – Farm have been added, not limited to murder. Due to timeframes and processes, this means that by 2022 we will start to see the first real results of the truth project. 
  1.  As you may be aware, we now have a new case language which consists of the Victim Life Timeline and Case Timeline, and on a higher level, the journey from the murder of the victim to the point of justice being served. 

    I would like to emphasise that these are realistic service delivery expectations placed on all of us as a nation, as per point 2 above. No longer will an Investigating Officer or the SAPS be alone, nor will a victim’s family, security affiliates, provincial task forces, community organisations, etc.

    The smart part about the SVS platform is that it does exactly what we talk about all the time – it places the power in the victims’ hands, and they can activate the process at any time if and when they feel ready; and no matter their situation, it is mapped and measured by the platform.

SVS Timeline

  • Stage 0: Life Timeline
  • Stage 1: Incident
    • Stage 1.1: Incident Hot – 72 hrs to 90 days
    • Stage 1.2: Incident Warm – 90 to 180 days
    • Stage 1.3: Incident Lukewarm – 180 to 270 days
    • Stage 1.4: Incident Cool – 270 to 360 days
    • Stage 1.5: Incident Cold – 360+ days
  • Stage 2: Arrest
  • Stage 3: Trial
    • Stage 3.1: Trial: Bail Application
    • Stage 3.2: Trial
  • Stage 4: Conviction/Suspects Outstanding
    • Stage 4.1: Conviction
    • Stage 4.2: Victim Impact Analysis
    • Stage 4.3: Reconciliation
  • Stage 5: Parole
  • Stage 6: Reintegration
    • Stage 6.1: Reintegration
    • Stage 6.2: Case Closed/Finalised
    • Stage 6.3: Withdrawn
  1. Unfortunately, the process often does not include many of the farming staff or their family members as they are not included in Rural Crime Prevention structures. This is because very few such program exists, or, if they do, they have not been tailor-made according to the staff and their needs, and has possibly never been viewed or thought through from a rural employer/employee perspective (think of Domestic Workers Against Crime, CPR courses, cooking classes or health and safety in business environments).

    The next chapter in the quest for the collaboration of all agencies for the betterment of our nation is to change this. We needed to develop the SVS process first in order for the truth to be recorded and be able to speak to us all, including the many victims of rural related crimes that are not necessarily the farm owner but equally deserve a voice. Technology must build human capacity and not be something developed as an afterthought or merely because institutionalised protocol demands it.  
  1. The ‘truth service delivery cycle’ and national justice and restorative correctional process now gives us supreme accuracy, with a crystal clear 360 degree view and total case management, able to stand scrutiny from any quarter. 

    To me, most importantly, it helps us to understand what needs to be developed, and in what order, to give us the best nation-building crime reduction plan, per area, per province, per crime type.  

    It also helps us to set holistic ‘collaboration targets’, by putting the target into the hands of the people, thereby creating the catalyst for change at both a micro and macro level over time. 

    The little things count when it comes to victims (including surviving family) and the Investigating Officer’s – a journey of two human beings that, in truth, and under very trying circumstances, are thrust into a tunnel together, with almost everything taking place behind closed doors. We need to build capacity at station level because this is where victims commence their journey for justice, and the SVS system fills this role.

Phase 2 – Centralising Relationships 

The next phase involves the rollout to farmers and staff – Phase 2 of the truth database.  Simultaneously, the database building involves the Section 204 state witnesses, the accused, those convicted, and convictions with known gang members still on the run. 

The Mooi River Farm Association, who are part of the newly formed Midlands Security Task Team, made up of six farm associations, has put its hand up and reached into its pockets to help cover the costs for their association as the country’s first to help lead the way and help pioneer this aspect of SVS together.