Remember the bomb technician’s motto: “I am a bomb technician, if you see me running, try and keep up!” – In the January 2018 issue of Servamus we share the realities faced by bomb technicians and tell you what it takes to become one.
In our Community Safety Tips of Servamus: January 2018, we deal with medicine, false advertising, quacks & our health and help you distinguish between facts and fictions in terms of medicine.
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..
- S V Setlholo 2017 (1) SACR 544 (NCK)
In this case the accused was, at the time of committing the two offences concerned, a constable in the SAPS.
The two offences were, firstly, common law fraud in that the accused and his allies/cohorts misrepresented (Afrikaans: “‘n wanvoorstelling gemaak”) to Mr Marthinus Bredenkamp that they were executing a lawful police trapping operation and that he (Bredenkamp) had committed, and was being arrested for, an offence relating to dealing in unpolished diamonds, while they (the accused and his allies/cohorts) knew that their so-called police operation was a sham (Afrikaans: “skynvertoning”) and that Bredenkamp had not committed any offence. The second offence was one of statutory corruption in that the accused and his allies/cohorts offered Bredenkamp his liberty and said that a police case docket for the engineered offence would be handed over to him in exchange of an amount of R50 000.
- S V Phillips 2017 (1) SACR 373 (SCA)
Section 4(1) of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act 12 of 2004 (hereinafter referred to as Act 12 of 2004) provides as follows:
“4. Offences in respect of corrupt activities relating to public officers
(1) Any -
(a) public officer who, directly or indirectly, accepts or agrees or offers to accept any gratification from any other person, whether for the benefit of him-/herself or for the benefit of another person; or
(b) person who, directly or indirectly, gives or agrees or offers to give any gratification to a public officer, whether for the benefit of that public officer or for the benefit of another person, in order to act, personally or by influencing another person so to act, in a manner -
Years ago, when General Motors “was still a sergeant”, the police’s motto was “Servamus et Servimus”, meaning “we protect and we serve”. At the time, Pollex unofficially, changed it to “we protect and we serve and we enrich attorneys and advocates”.
As an outsider, it is unknown to Pollex if this official part of the motto supra, is in fact still the motto of the SAPS.