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 Pilane 2017 (2) SACR 154 (SCA)
Section 165 of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 (“the CPA”) provides as follows:
“165. Oath, affirmation or admonition may be administered by or through an interpreter or intermediary
Where the person concerned is to give his/her evidence through an interpreter or an intermediary appointed under section 170A(1), the oath, affirmation or admonition under section 162, 163 or 164 shall be administered by the presiding judge or judicial officer or the registrar of the court, as the case may be, through the interpreter or intermediary OR by the interpreter or intermediary in the presence or under the eyes of the presiding judge or judicial officer, as the case may be.”
In Servamus: December 2016 Pollex discussed the case of S v Pilane 2016 (1) SACR 247 (NWM) (hereinafter referred to as the “first Pilane case”).
In the case of Jordaan and Others v City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality and Others  ZACC 31 (CC), a full bench of 11 judges of our Constitutional Court unanimously declared that, on transfer of property, a new owner is NOT liable for debts (Afrikaans: "skuld") arising BEFORE transfer of the property under section 118(3) of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act 32 of 2000.
It is suggested that all prospective buyers of houses and flats make a note of this, so that nobody can bluff them.
- Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Gauteng v MG 2017 (2) SACR 132 (SCA)
Section 57(1) of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act 32 of 2007 provides as follows:
“57. Inability of children under 12 years and persons who are mentally disabled to consent to sexual acts
(1) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in any law contained, a male or female person under the age of 12 years is incapable of consenting to a sexual act.
In Servamus: June 2015 Pollex briefly referred to two Draft White Papers* that had appeared on 3 March 2015 and on which the public were asked to comment.
Both of these Draft White Papers appeared in the Government Gazette (GG) No 41082 dated 1 September 2017 and both have since been approved. The first is the 2016 White Paper on Safety and Security, which appears from p109, and the second is the 2016 White Paper on Policing, which appears from p60. Neither paper differs much from its preceding Draft. The objective of the White Paper on Safety and Security is still the same as contained in the Draft, namely that it is to provide substance and policy direction to achieving the vision of "Building safer communities" as enshrined in the National Development Plan ("NDP"), which establishes a vision of what South Africa should look like in the year 2030.