• 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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- Dlamini v Minister for Safety and Security (currently called the Minister of Police) 2016 (2) SACR 655 (GJ)

The plaintiff in this matter, Mr Dlamini, is an attorney who instituted a civil action for damages against the Minister of Police (formerly called the Minister of Safety and Security) before a single judge of the High Court in Johannesburg, for alleged unlawful arrest and detention. After hearing evidence, the single judge gave judgment in favour of the Minister.

Not satisfied with this outcome, Dlamini (hereinafter referred to as the appellant) appealed to a full bench of three judges of this same Johannesburg High Court (“the court of appeal”) against the judgment of the single judge.

The facts, which gave rise to this matter, can, for as far as it is relevant to this discussion, be summarised as follows:

The appellant and his wife were embroiled in divorce proceedings, although they were still living together. On 27 October 2012, the appellant’s wife, Jill Anna Turnbull, accompanied by a friend, arrived at Linden Police Station. Ms Turnbull made a written statement at 09:15 in which she graphically described violent behaviour by her husband towards her the previous day at 19:40 after she had arrived home from the airport. The appellant, according to the statement, had thrown her clothes and some rubbish bags on her bedroom floor, which she picked up and placed on the couch. The appellant arrived and took her cellphone from her pocket and, while he was pushing her, threw the phone against the wall and then smashed it with a baseball bat in front of the children. He then proceeded to the kitchen, where he grabbed a knife and put it in his pocket. He went outside and poured petrol over her car. He returned, took out the knife from his pocket, put it back and pushed her down the steps, resulting in an injury to her foot which caused her to limp. He went back to her car and threatened to set it alight. Their little daughter screamed for him to stop, but he took the knife from his pocket and slashed the tyre of her car. He then warned her that the worst was still to come.

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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.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
"Can you crawl through my window? I will do whatever you want. I want it to be first-class. First-class hotel, champagne and good sex."
By Kotie Geldenhuys
It is night-time in the city. Flashing neon lights and soft streetlamps create shadowy images across the pavement.
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.
By Kotie Geldenhuys

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)
Background Section 50 (1)(a),(b),(c) and (d)(i) of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 (“the CPA”) provides as follows:

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.
On 21 April 2017, police colleagues of D/W/O Petrus Oelofse attended his farewell function, which was hosted by the Jeffreys Bay Stock Theft Unit.
June 2017 Magazine Cover

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