• Teenagers and alcohol don’t mix. What are parents’ responsibilities to ensure that their children don’t abuse alcohol? We give a variety of tips in our Community Safety feature in the June 2017 issue of Servamus.

  • Tennis star Bob Hewitt found guilty 30 years after committing sexual abuse against those he coached. Read the details about what had happened in the Crime Series published in the June 2017 issue of Servamus.

  • Sexting – the exchange of sexual messages or images – is a reality in schools. Teachers and learners are perpetrators and it is important to know about the dangers. Read our article in the June 2017 issue of Servamus.

  • Teenage alcohol abuse combined with sexting can have devastating & deadly consequences. Parents need to get involved to prevent their children from becoming victims. Read our article in the June 2017 issue of Servamus.

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Do we need an A-team to fight fraud and corruption in SA?

In response to the question “Do we need an A-Team to fight fraud and corruption in SA?” on the front page of the December 2016 issue of Servamus: December 2016 edition, I would like to react as follows:

I have in excess of 48 years' experience (of which 28 years was spent in the Commercial Branch of the SA Police Service) in the investigation and combating of commercial crime in South Africa and abroad. Most anti-fraud experts concur that, no matter how well written the rules, policies and procedures may be, institutional fraud will always spike upward. Regardless of the economy's vicissitudes in coming months or years, history proves that the "fraud problem" will undoubtedly worsen. Mr Warren Buffet, American industrialist, once remarked: "In an economic slump there is a double threat - old frauds are being exposed and new frauds surface. Only when the tide goes out you discover who's been swimming naked."

In reality, no organisation is immune against fraud and can never be fully protected against determined fraudsters. Fraudsters always find loopholes or weaknesses in an entity's operations that they can exploit to steal cash, forge cheques, collude with vendors, steal confidential data, manipulate computer systems or commit any other offence that cause either financial or reputational damage or both. Despite the compulsory reporting duty in terms of section 34(1) of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act 12 of 2004, as amended, fraudsters often are not being held responsible and accountable for their wrongdoing. Sometimes organisations terminate their services but do not report them to the police because they have no faith in the police and the judicial system. This is one reason why fraud and related abuses are largely unreported and on the rise. In many instances guilty employees are not fired and their penalties and fines are minimal. 

There is ample statistical evidence that fraud poses a serious threat not only to the organisation, but also to all employees who work for them. Fraud does not occur by itself: it is a human intervention. The many varieties of fraud are all creations of men and women. Similarly, people are the ultimate victims of fraud - even in cases where a huge corporation or entity is the apparent victim. 

As the years go by, the nature of crime, the modus operandi followed by the perpetrators has become more sophisticated and so have the nature and methods of investigation. Fighting fraud is not a career for individualists or opportunists. It is not just a job - it requires commitment and passion.

To answer the question (of whether South Africa needs an A-team to fight fraud and corruption): The answer is "Yes, we need (and I might add) a dedicated, well-qualified A-team to fight fraud and corruption in South Africa." 

Here is the good news: we also do not have to go out and recruit - they are already there! The SAPS must just harness and embrace them! Many skilled fraud investigators are employed by big corporations, statutory investigative bodies, government departments, private companies and private forensic investigators serving individual corporate clients. In recent years, the ability of the SAPS to conduct investigations into sophisticated fraud schemes has declined, leading to an increase in the number of private investigators. Furthermore, there is a perception that only the SAPS have the legal mandate to investigate crime and fraud per se. The High Court has expressed its acceptance of the fact that private and corporate investigations are performed in the matters of S v Botha and Another (1) 1995 (2) SACR 598 (W) and S v Dube 2000 (1) SACR 53 (N). In the S v Botha case the presiding judge remarked as follows: "Society has become so specialised and there are so many laws and activities that need to be administered and regulated, that no police service can investigate and prevent all crime in a modern society without the help of private institutions."

Private investigators, when accompanying their clients to report a fraud matter, are often treated by police members at SAPS Community Service Centres in a manner that borders on defeating or obstructing the course of justice. Apparently each individual SAPS member at a police station follows his/her own ideas and self-formulated policies and procedures on what to accept or not to accept for case registration and investigation. Often we are sent from pillar to post and it is usually very clear that some SAPS members are kicking the ball for touch. It is always a matter of "them" and "us".

Well-qualified fraud investigators in the private sector can serve as a strong force multiplier. If we can work together in a professional way, we will be the required and successful A-team to fight fraud and corruption efficiently. Strong perceptions and prejudgement will only benefit the offenders and bring us nowhere.

Lt-Gen Manie Schoeman, SOE

(Retired, South African Police Service)


Servamus - June 2017

In April 2013, a 17-year-old girl named Rehtaeh Parsons, was removed from life support and subsequently died.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
"Can you crawl through my window? I will do whatever you want. I want it to be first-class. First-class hotel, champagne and good sex."
By Kotie Geldenhuys
It is night-time in the city. Flashing neon lights and soft streetlamps create shadowy images across the pavement.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
In May 2017, the story broke that a young 22-year-old water polo teacher at Parktown Boys High had been accused of sexually grooming and assaulting more than 20 schoolboys, aged between 15 and 16 years, at this top school in Johannesburg.
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - Jun 2017

Read More - Gareth Prince, Jonathan David Rubin, Jeremy David Acton and Others v Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) and Others, unreported case no 8760/2013 dated 31 March 2017, Western Cape High Court (WCC)
This is the much-publicised case regarding an application by the three applicants supra, before a full bench of three judges of the High Court in Cape Town ("the court"), for a declaration that certain legislative provisions that prohibit the use, possession, purchase and cultivation for personal or communal consumption of cannabis (also referred to as "dagga" and/or "marijuana"), are invalid.
Read More - S V [Bob] Hewitt 2017 (1) SACR 309 (SCA)
This is the much-publicised case of the retired, world-renowned champion tennis player and instructor/coach, Bob Hewitt, who was convicted by the High Court in Pretoria on two counts of rape* and one count of indecent assault*.
Read More – Burford v Minister of Police, unreported case no CA 128/2015 dated 10 November 2015 (ECG)
Background Section 50 (1)(a),(b),(c) and (d)(i) of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 (“the CPA”) provides as follows:

Letters - Jun 2017

I am a retired member of the SAPS and I collect all kinds of SAPS memorabilia from the inception of the South African Police in 1913 right to the present.
I am a retired member of the South African Police Service (SAPS) and I would like to purchase a blue leather uniform jacket as worn by SAPS members.
On 21 April 2017, police colleagues of D/W/O Petrus Oelofse attended his farewell function, which was hosted by the Jeffreys Bay Stock Theft Unit.
June 2017 Magazine Cover

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