• 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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I registered my Magister Technologiae: Forensic Investigation at Unisa and graduated on 29 September 2016. The title of my dissertation was: "The value of the first report statement in the investigation of rape." The study is concerned with how the first report statement must be obtained from the first report witness during the investigation of rape cases. Since I am a certified fraud examiner this qualification will assist me on how to obtain a statement which information will also be shared with my colleagues. Permission to conduct research was obtained from the SAPS and NPA respectively. Investigators from Pretoria Central Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) and Public Prosecutors were interviewed, literature reviews were conducted and case docket analysis was conducted at Hercules SAPS, Pretoria Central SAPS and Pretoria West SAPS respectively.  

The reason why I choose this topic is that a lot of cases were being withdrawn as a result of poor statement-taking by members of the SAPS. In our work situation, a statement is used as a vehicle to transport evidence from the crime scene to court. During serious fraud and corruption investigations, both warning statements and witness statements are obtained in order to submit evidence before the court of law. For my PhD, I intend to do research on the following topic: "The critical analysis of the criminalistics technique during the investigation of corruption." I intend to critically study undercover operations, informer handling, surveillance, computer digital forensics and reactive methods during corruption investigation.

Before joining the Hawks, I worked at Thohoyandou SAPS, Masisi SAPS, Tshamutumbu SAPS, Alldays SAPS, Beit Bridge SAPS and the Department of Home Affairs South Africa. Academically I have studied and completed the following qualifications:

  • National Diploma: Police Administration (Technikon SA);
  • BTech Policing (Technikon SA);
  • National Diploma: Security Risk Management (Unisa);
  • BTech Security Risk Management (Unisa);
  • Forensic and Investigative Auditing Programme (Unisa);
  • Business Communication Programme (Unisa); and
  • Project Management Certificate (Lyceum College);
  • Advanced Fraud Examination (Forensics4AFRICA); and
  • MTech Forensic Investigation (Unisa).


Apart from being a career policeman, I am a part-time lecturer at Unisa, responsible for Advanced Corporate Investigation. I've also assisted during the development of the module under the supervision of Prof Govender. Under the supervision of Dr Olivier and Dr Horne my vision is to complete my PhD - my problem statement is that a lot of case dockets are not prosecuted successfully as a result of the investigation conducted during corruption investigation. As a result, I would like to find out what those techniques entail, their value during investigation of corruption as well as the legislative framework. The study will be conducted within the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation - the elite unit dealing with serious organised crime, serious commercial crime and serious corruption. The research will be conducted with the assistance and support of Brig Zama Basi: Section Head of Serious Corruption Investigation.

[It is good to know that, after a person has put so much effort into obtaining a qualification, that person is willing to plough back that newly found knowledge into the organisation. We trust that this will be the case with all law enforcers who further their studies and that they will continue to choose research topics and produce research findings which the organisation can utilise, for the ultimate benefit of our country. Congratulations Lt-Col Humbulani. Ed.]

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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