• 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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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. During the ceremony, the Humansdorp Cluster Commander, Brig John Lebok, commended the member for his dedication and commitment towards his vocation. His 30- and 40-years loyal service medals were also handed over to him.

D/W/O Petrus Oelofse retired at the end of April 2017 after serving the community with pride for more than 43 years. An astonishing achievement indeed.

The SAPS are honouring a remarkable individual who has gone out of his way to protect and serve the people of South Africa with pride. As Brig John Lebok said: "In our line of work, we are always required to give more of ourselves every day. We are expected to protect and serve and be prepared to always think of others before ourselves. It is the sacrifice that every member in our organisation, must be prepared to make, and this is exactly what D/W/O Oelofse did.

"We are saying 'well done' to him who continued to do sterling work and who positively touched the lives of his fellow colleagues. We also want to thank him for his selfless sacrifices, hard work and dedication in ensuring that the SAPS succeeds in its constitutional mandate of creating a safer and orderly country for all. D/W/O Petrus Oelofse, who is a results-driven person, recognised the important task bestowed upon the SAPS and he did his best to ensure that it is realised," said Brig Lebok.

D/W/O Petrus Oelofse joined the police on 16 January 1974 whereafter he started his tour of duty at Grahamstown. Thereafter he was transferred to Addo Police Station in 1975; whereafter he started his career as a detective in 1977 at Kirkwood. After ten years he was transferred to Humansdorp and in 1988 to Jeffreys Bay Detectives. In 1998, Petrus Oelofse was transferred to the Stock Theft Unit at Humansdorp and between 2004 until his retirement in 2017, he served at the Jeffreys Bay Stock Theft Unit. D/W/O Petrus Oelofse was promoted to the rank of warrant officer on 1 April 1983.

D/W/O Oelofse's colleagues wished him a long and joyous retirement and reminded him that retirement is not about giving up, losing yourself, slowing down or feeling old.

Retirement is about enjoying the longest holiday of life.

Capt Gerda Swart
Corporate Communication and Liaison, Uitenhage

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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