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.
In an article published on Maroela Media dated 11 June 2017, it was alleged that a man was arrested in Limpopo for allegedly transporting 13 head of suspected stolen cattle (Afrikaans: “beeste”) in a lorry. Accordingly, the police returned the cattle to the farmer (the complainant) who took them back to his farm. The question is whether the disposal of the cattle is, legally correct.
- S V Singh and Others 2016 (2) SACR 443 (SCA)
During 2007 to 2008, members of the SAPS conducted an undercover operation under section 252A of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977. This operation was targeted at eliminating a syndicate which hijacked large 18-wheeler trucks on the N3 highway between Johannesburg and Durban. The hijacked vehicles were then driven to quiet side roads where the wheels were removed and delivered to the coordinator of the syndicate for reward. During the operation, Sgt Smith acted as the undercover agent while Capt Ungerer was the project manager and handler of Sgt Smith.
Nowadays one often hears reports in the media that an adult person has been "abducted" (Afrikaans: "ontvoer") and that his/her relatives paid a ransom (Afrikaans: "losprys") for his release. The subsequent reports note that "the police has opened a case of 'abduction' and is investigating the matter".
- S V Dos Santos 2018 (1) SACR 20 (GP)
Ms Dos Santos (hereinafter referred to as the accused), is a 28-year-old Mozambican national. She was convicted in the regional court (“the trial court”) on three counts of contravening section 71(6)(a) of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act 32 of 2007, read together with a number of further sections of Act 32 of 2007*, in that she unlawfully trafficked three females (“the complainants”) from Maputo in Mozambique to Pretoria where they worked as prostitutes.