The police or army alone CANNOT solve the gang problem! We explain why in a comprehensive article published in Servamus: February 2020, from p 30 to p 35.
Are outlaw motorcycle and mobile gangs, macho men or criminals on bikes? We ask whether anything good comes from these gangs? Read the article in Servamus: February 2020, from p 26 to p 29.
A total of 4971 new, eager constables joined the SAPS in December 2019 when their passing-out parades were held. Read about their training in Servamus: February 2020, from p 60 to p 61.
- 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”.