• Do you have anger issues? Are you dealing with them or do you grab a knife, a panga or a brick to attack another person when you get angry? We ask whether there is a link between anger and crime. Refer to the article published in Servamus: July 2020 on p10 to p12.

    Do you have anger issues? Are you dealing with them or do you grab a knife, a panga or a brick to attack another person when you get angry? We ask whether there is a link between anger and crime. Refer to the article published in Servamus: July 2020 on p10 to p12.

  • Citizens are often unsure what they need to do when they are subjected to abuse or acts of brutality by police members. We provide you with valuable tips on what to do and contact details where to report such abuse. Read the article published in Servamus: July 2020 on p50 to p53.

    Citizens are often unsure what they need to do when they are subjected to abuse or acts of brutality by police members. We provide you with valuable tips on what to do and contact details where to report such abuse. Read the article published in Servamus: July 2020 on p50 to p53.

  • The members of the Investigative Psychology Section of the SAPS do much more than to “get into the mind of a criminal”. They render a vital role to assist investigating officers with any psychologically-motivated crimes.  Read more about their work in an article published in Servamus: July 2020 on p40 and p41.

    The members of the Investigative Psychology Section of the SAPS do much more than to “get into the mind of a criminal”. They render a vital role to assist investigating officers with any psychologically-motivated crimes.  Read more about their work in an article published in Servamus: July 2020 on p40 and p41.

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Background
According to recent media reports, some members of the South African Police Service (“the SAPS”) and members of the South African National Defence Force (“the Defence Force”) have, generally speaking, conducted themselves incompetently, inexpertly and unprofessionally during law enforcement operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Accordingly, all you SAPS members and Defence Force members, see how many points you score by answering the following quiz.

Introduction
Where the phrase “state legal authority” is used in this quiz below, it means that one must state reference to the relevant law concerned.

Quiz questions
1. According to section 200 of our Constitution, “the Defence Force must be structured and managed as a disciplined military force”. State the corresponding section in our Constitution in terms of which the SAPS must likewise be managed as a disciplined police service. (1)

2. State the relevant legal provision in terms of which a SAPS member is a peace officer (Afrikaans: “vredesbeampte”), as well as the legal provision where a Defence Force member is regarded as a peace officer (if this is in fact so). (2)

3. State briefly, with reference to legal authority, whether the following statements are true or false:

3.1 The Defence Force is, legally speaking, NOT allowed to investigate crime - irrespective of whether or not the Force is employed in cooperation with the South African Police Service.

3.2 The same, as in paragraph 3.1 supra, applies to the Military Police.

3.3 In section 20(1)(d) of the Defence Act 42 of 2002, reference is made to sections 9 and 41 of the previous, now REPEALED, Arms and Ammunition Act 75 of 1969. So what now?

3.4 In section 13(8) of the SAPS Act 68 of 1995 which is referred to in section 20(1)(a) of the Defence Act 42 of 2002, mention is made of our previous, now REPEALED, so-called interim Constitution of the RSA 200 of 1993. So what now?

3.5 Complaints against (only) members of the SAPS are to be made with the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID), while complaints against Defence Force members are to be made at the offices of the …. … (fill in) established in terms of the …. …Act … of … (fill in). (10)

4. Whenever a Defence Force member is, in terms of section 20(1) of the Defence Act 42 of 2002, utilised for the execution of services in cooperation with the SAPS, such Defence Force member has the same powers and duties as those imposed upon a SAPS member by virtue of certain specified legal provisions.

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Servamus - July 2020

Hacked to death with a panga - that was how Ed Neumeister, the 67-year-old owner of a restaurant in the Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal was killed in broad daylight on the first Saturday of June 2020 (Regchand, 2020).
By Annalise Kempen
Imagine you are sitting behind your desk at work and the bleep of an incoming message on your cellphone draws your attention.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
This month's crime series shows us once again how religion can be abused and used to cloak criminal acts.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
The number of women who have committed violent crime globally, is very small in relation to male perpetrators.
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - July 2020

Read More - S v Davids 2019 (1) SACR 257 (WCC)
Relevant legal provision According to section 1 of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977, the phrase “aggravating circumstances” (in Afrikaans text: “verswarende omstandig-hede”) is defined as follows:
Read More - S v Zabathini Jonas Case No: CA & R 99/17 dated 19 July 2019 (NCK)
Mr Zabathini Jonas, the accused, was convicted in the regional court, sitting at the town of Phillipstown in the Northern Cape Province (“the trial court”), of two counts of rape, in circumstances where the provisions of section 51 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 105 of 1997 (also referred to as the “Minimum Sentences Act”) applied.
Background According to recent media reports, some members of the South African Police Service (“the SAPS”) and members of the South African National Defence Force (“the Defence Force”) have, generally speaking, conducted themselves incompetently, inexpertly and unprofessionally during law enforcement operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Letters - July 2020

After 80 days of enforcing COVID-19 lockdown regulations, 14 police officials have succumbed to the coronavirus, Police Minister Bheki Cele announced during a multi-disciplinary operation in Soweto.
It is with deep regret and sad hearts that we learnt about the passing of Kelly Ann de Villiers, the wife of W/O Jerome de Villiers.
July Magazine Cover

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