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.
- Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Gauteng Division, Pretoria v Hamisi 2018 (2) SACR 230 (SCA)
Section 51(1), read together with the item “rape” as referred to in Part I of Schedule 2 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 105 of 1997 (hereinafter referred to as the Minimum Sentences Act)
- S v Smith 2017 (1) SACR 520 (WCC)
Section 18 of the Riotous Assemblies Act 17 of 1956* provides as follows:
“18.(1) Any person who attempts to commit any offence, against a statute or a statutory regulation shall be guilty of an offence and, if no punishment is expressly provided thereby for such an attempt, be liable on conviction to the punishment to which a person convicted of actually committing that offence would be liable.
- S v Serame 2019 (2) SACR 407 (GJ)
Acting Judge James Grant was presiding in this murder trial before the High Court in Johannesburg. During the course of the trial, Judge Grant recused (Afrikaans: “onttrek”) himself from the trial because “he is unable to proceed with the necessary trust in the legal representatives of both the State/prosecution and the defence”.
In Servamus: January 2019, Pollex, inter alia remarked that “we often hear about all the arrests that are made for the crime of public violence (Afrikaans: ‘openbare geweld’)”. However, according to Pollex further, “one hardly ever hears mention in the media and/or in the South African Criminal Law Reports (SACR) about the outcome of all these arrests”.