• 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

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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 - August 2017

Asanda Baninzi and Wox Mthuthuzeli Nombewu hijacked a sergeant based at the Langebaan Airforce Base and his girlfriend, then drove them to the Mawumawu area in Nyanga.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Who will be the next National Commissioner of the SAPS? That is the question on many concerned South Africans' lips - especially those of police members, researchers and the SAPS's partners in the fight against crime.
By Annalise Kempen
Normal, healthy people seldom dream about death. They do not see crime scenes and dead people when they close their eyes.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
For a period of 11 years the serial rapist and murderer, Jimmy Maketta, terrorised communities in the Philippi area near Cape Town.
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - August 2017

Read More - S v Parkins 2017 (1) SACR 235 (WCC)
Bradley Parkins (“the accused”) was convicted in the regional court sitting at Wynberg in the Cape Peninsula (“the trial court”) on the following six charges:
Read More - S v Mabitle 2017 (1) SACR 325 (NWM) and S v Monye and Another 2017 (1) SACR 329 (SCA)
In Ask Pollex in Servamus: August 2015, Pollex referred to a number of reported cases in respect of “contract killings”.
Read More In Servamus: June 2017, Pollex discussed the case of S v Hewitt 2017 (1) SACR 309 (SCA) (“the Hewitt case”). (The case involved the retired, world-renowned champion tennis player and instructor, Bob Hewitt.)
The Hewitt case was about three female complainants of whom two were raped and one was sexually assaulted (this offence was known as indecent assault at the time).
This month sees the last of our series of unlawful arrest and detention cases.

Letters - August 2017

Read More - An update (Servamus: December 2016
The telephone rings sharply in the charge office of Kliptown Police Station. The sergeant on duty looks up at the old clock hanging above the fireplace.
From 13 to 16 June 2017, members of the South African Police Service embarked on a trip to Mossel Bay for the Inter Provincial Soccer Championship, which was held at the D'Almeida sports ground.
Fathers’ Day was celebrated this year on 18 June, and I decided to run a special project under Social Crime Prevention for the fathers at Westville SAPS, with the wonderful support of some very gracious sponsors.
August 2017 Magazine Cover

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