Each year the SAPS give recognition to police employees who have excelled in the job they do. We celebrate these men and women in blue by telling each one’s story. Refer to our article published from pp 48 in Servamus: March 2018.
Do you have an idea what to do if you are kidnapped? Irrespective of whether it happens during a hijacking or someone has other intentions. We share valuable tips of what you should do in a hostage situation.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. Some people are so desperate that they secretly hide on trains, ships and airplanes in search of a better life. Learn more about the reality of stowaways in the Servamus: March 2018.
- 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.