• Teenagers and alcohol don’t mix. What are parents’ responsibilities to ensure that their children don’t abuse alcohol? We give a variety of tips in our Community Safety feature in the June 2017 issue of Servamus.

  • Tennis star Bob Hewitt found guilty 30 years after committing sexual abuse against those he coached. Read the details about what had happened in the Crime Series published in the June 2017 issue of Servamus.

  • Sexting – the exchange of sexual messages or images – is a reality in schools. Teachers and learners are perpetrators and it is important to know about the dangers. Read our article in the June 2017 issue of Servamus.

  • Teenage alcohol abuse combined with sexting can have devastating & deadly consequences. Parents need to get involved to prevent their children from becoming victims. Read our article in the June 2017 issue of Servamus.

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- 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.

According to the complainant, she was satisfied that the lamp was working, and as she was about to move out of the bedroom, she was grabbed by the accused who threw her against the dressing table (Afrikaans: “spieëlkas”), pulled off her trousers and panty, picked her up and threw her onto her back. The accused then penetrated her from behind (had anal intercourse with her) and then he turned her around and had frontal vaginal sexual intercourse with her. After finishing, the accused left without asking her about the money she owed him for the bed lamp (and, to think all this was done by a man in his sixties).

Subsequent to this incident, the accused was convicted by the magistrates’ court (the “trial court”) on one charge of rape in contravention of section 3 of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act 32 of 2007.

Of importance (and interest) to readers of this column is the fact that, in respect of sentence, the trial court, inter alia, took into account the fact that the complainant testified that she did not want the accused to be sent to a correctional centre, but pleaded instead that he buy her a Toyota motor vehicle. She also wanted monetary compensation payable as follows, namely a first payment of R5000, followed by R2500 per month for eight years. The total sum would be R245 000. The accused was willing to make such payment.

However, the trial court sentenced the accused to seven years’ incarceration.

On appeal by the accused before the High Court in Pretoria (“the High Court”) against both his conviction and sentence, the High Court remarked, inter alia, that the accused committed two separate acts of rape and that he should have been convicted of repeat rape in terms of section 51(1), read together with para (a)(i) under the offence “rape” of Part I of Schedule 2 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 105 of 1997, which provides for minimum sentences. Apparently no mention was made in the charge-sheet about such a possibility.

[This is only an extract of this case which forms part of a discussion published in the Pollex Legal Column in the May 2017 issue of Servamus. If you are interested in obtaining the rest of this interesting discussion, contact Servamus’s offices at tel: (012) 345 4660/22 or send an e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

Servamus - June 2017

In April 2013, a 17-year-old girl named Rehtaeh Parsons, was removed from life support and subsequently died.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
"Can you crawl through my window? I will do whatever you want. I want it to be first-class. First-class hotel, champagne and good sex."
By Kotie Geldenhuys
It is night-time in the city. Flashing neon lights and soft streetlamps create shadowy images across the pavement.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
In May 2017, the story broke that a young 22-year-old water polo teacher at Parktown Boys High had been accused of sexually grooming and assaulting more than 20 schoolboys, aged between 15 and 16 years, at this top school in Johannesburg.
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - Jun 2017

Read More - Gareth Prince, Jonathan David Rubin, Jeremy David Acton and Others v Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) and Others, unreported case no 8760/2013 dated 31 March 2017, Western Cape High Court (WCC)
This is the much-publicised case regarding an application by the three applicants supra, before a full bench of three judges of the High Court in Cape Town ("the court"), for a declaration that certain legislative provisions that prohibit the use, possession, purchase and cultivation for personal or communal consumption of cannabis (also referred to as "dagga" and/or "marijuana"), are invalid.
Read More - S V [Bob] Hewitt 2017 (1) SACR 309 (SCA)
This is the much-publicised case of the retired, world-renowned champion tennis player and instructor/coach, Bob Hewitt, who was convicted by the High Court in Pretoria on two counts of rape* and one count of indecent assault*.
Read More – Burford v Minister of Police, unreported case no CA 128/2015 dated 10 November 2015 (ECG)
Background Section 50 (1)(a),(b),(c) and (d)(i) of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 (“the CPA”) provides as follows:

Letters - Jun 2017

I am a retired member of the SAPS and I collect all kinds of SAPS memorabilia from the inception of the South African Police in 1913 right to the present.
I am a retired member of the South African Police Service (SAPS) and I would like to purchase a blue leather uniform jacket as worn by SAPS members.
On 21 April 2017, police colleagues of D/W/O Petrus Oelofse attended his farewell function, which was hosted by the Jeffreys Bay Stock Theft Unit.
June 2017 Magazine Cover

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