The reality of prisons for many inmates is far from hoping to be rehabilitated. Instead, the reality is one of trying to protect oneself from the violence perpetrated on the inside. Read our article about the shocking reality of prison violence in the August 2017 issue of Servamus.
Some people seem to choose a life of violent crime. We ask whether it is due to an antisocial personality disorder or genes or whether other factors are at play. Read this interesting article in the August 2017 issue of Servamus.
Commercial crime is often regarded as “not so serious”. We prove the opposite in an article featured in the August 2017 issue of Servamus by giving a South African perspective to this very serious crime and the impact it has on the community and economy.
- S V Seedat 2015 (2) SACR 612 (GP)
The accused, Mr Seedat, was 63 years of age at the time of his conviction and sentence, while the complainant was a 57-year-old woman.
What happened was that the accused, a businessman, went to the complainant’s home (apparently in the vicinity of the town of Schweizer-Reneke in the North West Province), to deliver a bed lamp. The accused offered to demonstrate to the complainant that the lamp was in working condition. The complainant agreed to this offer and invited the accused to her bedroom where he plugged in the lamp and switched it on.
Mr Robert Mzikayise Fisa, hereinafter referred to as the plaintiff (Afrikaans: “eiser”), claimed damages from the Minister of Police, hereinafter referred to as the defendant (Afrikaans: “verweerder”), before the High Court in East London, in the Eastern Cape Province (“the trial court”), arising from his alleged unlawful arrest, detention and assault by members of the SAPS.
During the trial, two SAPS members namely Const Asanda Nyameka and Const Professor Mgunuza, who were involved in the incident concerned, were called to testify on behalf of the defendant.
In paragraph  of its judgment, the trial court, inter alia, remarked that “the defendant’s version is not only improbable [Afrikaans: ‘onwaarskynlik’], but also patently false”.