Despite heavy rains, the SAPS managed to host a successful national athletics championship in Pretoria at the end of March 2018. Read about the events and the winners in Servamus: May 2018 from pp 52-54.
Part 2 of our Crime Series discussing the shocking events of how Christopher Panayiotou had his lovely wife, Jayde, killed. Read about his conviction and sentence in Servamus: May 2018 from pp 34-43.
On 26 March 2018, the Western Cape Department of Community Safety and the City of Cape Town recognised the top Neighbourhood Watch structures in the Cape Town Metropole for their contribution to fight crime. Read the article in Servamus: May 2018 from pp 46-49.
Children should be taught about road safety from an early start – but parents have an equally important responsibility to ensure that the transport their children use to school is safe and registered. Read our articles in Servamus: May 2018 from pp 56-59.
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.