• 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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Act 4 of 2016 appears in English and Afrikaans in Government Gazette No 40555 dated 19 January 2017. The object of Act 4 of 2016 (hereinafter referred to as the Amendment Act), is to amend the Performing Animals Protection Act 24 of 1935 (in Afrikaans text: “Beskerming van Gedresseerde Dierewet”) (hereinafter referred to as Act 24 of 1935).


What is new in terms of this Amendment Act?

Sections 2 and 3 of Act 24 of 1935 are repealed. These two sections made provision for the issuing of a licence and a certificate by a magistrate, for exhibiting and training of performing animals. The Amendment Act now provides for the designation of a National Licensing Officer by the Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (new section 3A of Act 24 of 1935), who shall, from now on, be empowered to grant, refuse, amend, suspend, reinstate, cancel and/or withdraw the required licence to enable any person who intends to exhibit an animal; trains an animal to be exhibited; or uses an animal for safeguarding (see new sections 3C and 3F of Act 24 of 1935).

Such a licence is valid for a period of 12 calendar months from the date of issue. Such licence is valid for use anywhere within the RSA, UNLESS the exhibition, training for exhibition of any animal or use of an animal for safeguarding is specifically prohibited in terms of any provincial law or municipal by-law in force within that specific jurisdiction. Phrased differently: In such a case, national legislation (Act 24 of 1935) is subordinate (Afrikaans: “ondergeskik”) to provincial and/or municipal legislation. Wow! (See the new sections 3J and 3K of Act 24 of 1935).

New sections 3M to 3P of Act 24 of 1935 are about an appeal procedure by a person (applicant) who feels aggrieved by any decision or action by the national licensing officer supra.


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Servamus - June 2017

In April 2013, a 17-year-old girl named Rehtaeh Parsons, was removed from life support and subsequently died.
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By Kotie Geldenhuys
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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.
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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)
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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.
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June 2017 Magazine Cover

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