• 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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- S v de Jager and Others 2016 (2) SACR 716 (ECG)

Three accused persons were convicted of culpable homicide in the Uitenhage regional court in the Eastern Cape Province (“the trial court”). The basis for the conviction was that the death of a boy named Bevan Breyton Deon Joseph (hereinafter referred to as the deceased) came about as a result of the negligent conduct of the accused.

Accused 1 and 3 were each sentenced to five years’ incarceration in terms of section 276(1)(i) of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977* (“the CPA”), while accused 2 was sentenced to seven years’ incarceration, two years of which were conditionally suspended. 

The events leading to the death of the deceased can be summarised as follows:

On 21 August 2010, at the Uitenhage sports ground, the Progress Rugby Club hosted rugby matches between itself and a visiting team, namely the Gardens. The supporters of both teams filled the pavilion - there were approximately between 3000 and 4000 supporters. Each group of supporters sat on its side of the pavilion. Towards the end of the last match, a fight broke out between players on the field. This was followed by the spectators on the pavilion throwing missiles (bottles) around. This, in turn, resulted in most of the spectators fleeing from the pavilion and running towards the exit points of the pavilion. One of the exits got so congested that the brick wall at the bottom of the pavilion collapsed and fell on top of a child who was on the ground beneath the brick wall. It is common cause that the child in question is the deceased in this matter who, unfortunately, died as a result of injuries sustained therein. There were scores of other people who fell from the pavilion after the wall gave in under the pressure and collapsed.

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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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