During the past couple of weeks, a number of police officials, including from the Hawks, were brutally gunned down. The murder of these dedicated police officials is a loss for each South Africa and we pay tribute to some of them in our article published from p 40-43 of Servamus: April 2020.
This short series of articles, published from pp 18-23 in Servamus: April 2020, explain the role of legal professionals, including advocates and attorneys; the role of the family advocate and the role of the sheriff.
- Du Toit and Others v Provincial Minister of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Western Cape [Province] and Others 2019 (1) SACR 311 (WCC)
Main individuals and motor vehicles involved in this matter are -
1. Toyota Land Cruiser:
The driver at the time was a 16-year-old youth and the passenger was his girlfriend;
- S V Phetoe 2018 (1) SACR 593 (SCA)
Mr Phetoe, the accused, was convicted and sentenced in the High Court in Johannesburg (“the trial court”) of, inter alia, eight counts of common law rape*. The accused was one of seven accused persons.
- S V Mkhize and Others (390/18)  ZASCA 56 (1 April 2019) (SCA)
The doctrine of common purpose (Afrikaans: “gemeenskaplike oogmerk-leerstuk”)
During the 2019/2020 festive season, Pollex picked up the following in the media.
Bail to road traffic offenders
A person in authority was quoted as saying that road traffic-related offenders (especially drunken drivers and/or speedsters), should not be granted bail when arrested. Another issue that was raised in the media during January 2020 was when a speedster in Gauteng, who had allegedly clocked 308 km/h on a Gauteng highway, was released on (only) R1000 bail.