Each year the SAPS give recognition to police employees who have excelled in the job they do. We celebrate these men and women in blue by telling each one’s story. Refer to our article published from pp 48 in Servamus: March 2018.
Do you have an idea what to do if you are kidnapped? Irrespective of whether it happens during a hijacking or someone has other intentions. We share valuable tips of what you should do in a hostage situation.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. Some people are so desperate that they secretly hide on trains, ships and airplanes in search of a better life. Learn more about the reality of stowaways in the Servamus: March 2018.
- Solidarity [Trade Union] [on behalf of Sgt Armand] Gerber v SAPS and Others (C381/17)  ZALCCT 36 (11 August 2017)*
This is a judgment of the Cape Town Labour Court which began when Sgt Gerber approached the court.
Sgt Gerber suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of a traumatic event in the course of his duty as a member of the SAPS. As a result, he has been declared unfit to carry a firearm - apparently in terms of section 102 of the Firearms Control Act 60 of 2000 - and has been temporarily placed in an administrative function at the Client Service Centre (CSC) (previously referred to as the charge office).
Towards the end of 2017, various news agencies reported a story about a female university student from the Eastern Cape who mistakenly received a payment of R14 million instead of R1400 from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). She had allegedly spent approximately R800 000 by the time the mistake was discovered. So what now?
- S V Byleveld 2017 (1) SACR 218 (NWM)
Section 252A(5) of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 (“the CPA”) provides as follows:
“252A. Authority to make use of traps and undercover operations and admissibility of evidence so obtained
(5)(a) An official or his/her agent who sets or participates in a trap or an undercover operation to detect, investigate or uncover or to obtain evidence of or to prevent the commission of an offence, shall not be criminally liable in respect of any act which constitutes an offence and which relates to the trap or undercover operation if it was performed in good faith.
- S V Masoanganye and Others 2015 (2) SACR 577 (NWM)
Five accused persons were convicted and sentenced by a single judge before the High Court in Mahikeng in the North West Province on charges of theft, all in respect of amounts stolen from the Guardian Fund (Afrikaans: “Voogdyfonds”). The convictions and sentences were as follows:
Accused 1: Mr Andries Joe Masoanganye who was the Master of the High Court in Mahikeng, was convicted of five counts of theft involving R1.2 million. He was sentenced to an effective ten years’ incarceration.
- S V Ramoba 2017 (2) SACR353 (SCA)
The accused, who was 33 years of age at the time of sentencing before the regional court in Tzaneen in Limpopo, was convicted on 12 very serious charges whereupon he and his co-accused, were each sentenced to an effective term of 52 years’ incarceration.