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    In the second part of our short series of “Putting school bullies in their place” – Legally published in Servamus: January 2018, we guide readers you step by step on how to obtain a Harassment Act protection order and the accompanying warrant of arrest..

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South African communities are faced with various crimes and it has been a challenge to every citizen to play a role in bringing all perpetrators to justice by working hand-in-hand with the South African Police Service. However this may lead to communities taking matters into their own hands not knowing that they are also committing a crime that can land them behind bars.

Earlier this year, a 56-year-old male security officer at Sterkspruit's Methodist church was stabbed to death during a robbery at Mokhesi village in Sterkspruit. The old man was on his way home following his 12 hour night shift duties at around 05:00 when he was allegedly approached by a well-known male suspect who demanded money and a cellphone from the deceased. According to an eyewitness, the victim, who had a wooden stick on his possession, refused to be searched by the suspect. The suspect became agitated and took out an Okapi knife and struck the deceased's arm.

The old man struck back with his wooden stick as an act of self-defence and the robbery turned into an ugly fight where it was a knife versus a wooden stick. At the end of the fight, the old man was defeated. He was severely stabbed and died on the scene. The alleged murderer then took the deceased's wallet and cellphone and he fled the scene with bruises on his body and face. The stick of the deceased lay next to his body, broken into two pieces as a result of him hitting the suspect.

The victim's death resulted in a manhunt as more witnesses came forward with information, including the suspect's girlfriend who was present during the robbery. The community then went to the 27-year-old suspect's home and found both his parents who knew nothing about what was going on. A huge mob gathered in front of his home, telling his parents that the courts always granted bail to their son who had been stealing from community members, but that they have had enough of their son.

The mob then started throwing stones, breaking the windows of the suspect's home, forcing his parents to run for their safety. As the suspect's parents ran for their lives, the mob poured petrol around the house and set the house alight with all the valuable belongings of the family inside. They did this while they were singing and chanting "they must go, they must go ..." The suspect was apprehended that same day as his girlfriend gave critical information about his whereabouts. A case of murder and robbery was opened against the suspect but the suspect is still awaiting trial at the Burgersdorp Correctional Centre. The community members who were seen setting the house alight, however, are facing arson charges.

It is vital for South African citizens to understand that taking matters into their own hands is a crime and that everyone accused of a crime is innocent until proven guilty by the court of law. We must work hand in hand with the SAPS by being whistleblowers and give information that will help in bringing perpetrators to justice, not take matters into our own hands.

Const Mthunzi Tsetse
Sterkspruit, Eastern Cape

Servamus - January 2018

The late Hansie Cronjé, South Africa's former cricket captain, was a national hero until cricket's biggest match-fixing scandal destroyed him. In 2000, South Africans and cricket lovers across the world were shocked when Hansie's name was connected with being involved in match-fixing.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
A young woman struggled with her weight for years and became so ashamed of her body that she was afraid to leave her home.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
For the past couple of years South Africans have witnessed the fall of one national police commissioner after another, resulting in Pres Zuma's track record of appointing National Police Commissioners being questioned.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
It is very early on a Monday morning, 03:00 to be exact, and not much is going on at a filling station in Mankweng in Limpopo. But then, suddenly, all hell breaks loose when three vehicles pull up at the station.
By Annalise Kempen

Pollex - January 2018

Read More - unreported (CC 26/2016) [2017] Zaecpehc 53 (2 November 2017) (ECP)
The reference supra is that of the widely publicised murder trial before the Port Elizabeth High Court in which Christopher Panayiotou and Sinethemba Nemembe were convicted of the murder of the late Ms Jayde Panayiotou who was the wife of Christopher.
Read More - S V Njiva and Another 2017 (1) SACR 395 (ECM)
Section 217(1) of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 (“the CPA”) provides as follows: “217. Admissibility of confession by accused
Read More - National Commissioner of Police v Southern African Human Rights Litigation Centre and Another 2015 (1) SACR 255 (CC)
In 2007 in Harare, the Zimbabwe police raided the headquarters of the main opposition political party whereafter they detained and allegedly tortured (Afrikaans: "martel") 100 Zimbabwean nationals.

Letters - January 2018

W/O David Pillay retired at the end of November 2017 after having served the South African Police Service and various communities for more than four decades - a lifetime to some.
Over the years, numerous retired police members, usually gathering at the funeral of a former colleague, suggested the formation of an organisation where retired police members could meet regularly to rekindle friendships; form new friendships; and share memories of the past on a regular basis and in an organised manner
Servamus has published a great article on the Tracker SAPS Awards 2017 in the November issue of the magazine whereby all units and nominated members were covered for the absolutely brilliant work they do in partnership with Tracker.
Members of the social crime prevention office of Emanguzi SAPS have been working hard to bring awareness to the local communities in an effort to protect the most vulnerable and youngest members in our communities.
January 2018 Magazine Cover

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