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 - National Commissioner of Police v Southern African Human Rights Litigation Centre and Another 2015 (1) SACR 255 (CC)

In 2007 in Harare, the Zimbabwe police raided the headquarters of the main opposition political party whereafter they detained and allegedly tortured (Afrikaans: "martel") 100 Zimbabwean nationals. The Southern African Human Rights Litigation Centre ("the Centre") collected evidence of the torture and delivered it to the South African National Prosecuting Authority ("NPA"), along with the request that the NPA consider the evidence and decide whether to investigate what the Centre asserted was the crime against humanity of torture referred to in the South African Implementation of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court Act 27 of 2002 ("Act 27 of 2002").

The NPA referred the Centre's representations to the SAPS who ultimately declined (Afrikaans: "geweier") to investigate. This led to the Centre and the Zimbabwe Exiles' Forum applying successfully to the South African High Court in Pretoria to review and set aside the decision by the SAPS (see Southern African Litigation Centre v NDPP [2012] 3 All SA 198 (GNP)).

Following on this, the National Commissioner of the SAPS ("Nascom") appealed to the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein ("the SCA") where the appeal (by Nascom) was dismissed and where the SCA ordered the SAPS to investigate (see Nascom v Southern African Human Rights Litigation Centre and Another 2014 (2) SA 42 (SCA)).

Again Nascom was not impressed, whereupon a further appeal was lodged before ten judges of our Constitutional Court (“Concourt”). The issues to be determined, as well as the court's unanimous responses, were as follows:

1. Where an international crime is committed outside of South Africa, does the suspected perpetrator need to be present in South Africa for the SAPS to investigate the said crime?

Concourt's response: No - neither under international nor South African law.

2. Does our South African Constitution place a duty on the SAPS to investigate the crime against humanity of torture?

Concourt's response: Yes - this duty arises from section 205(3) of our South African Constitution*, read with section 4(1) of Act 27 of 2002* and section 17D(1)(a) of the SAPS Act 68 of 1995*.

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Servamus - January 2018

The late Hansie Cronjé, South Africa's former cricket captain, was a national hero until cricket's biggest match-fixing scandal destroyed him. In 2000, South Africans and cricket lovers across the world were shocked when Hansie's name was connected with being involved in match-fixing.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
A young woman struggled with her weight for years and became so ashamed of her body that she was afraid to leave her home.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
For the past couple of years South Africans have witnessed the fall of one national police commissioner after another, resulting in Pres Zuma's track record of appointing National Police Commissioners being questioned.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
It is very early on a Monday morning, 03:00 to be exact, and not much is going on at a filling station in Mankweng in Limpopo. But then, suddenly, all hell breaks loose when three vehicles pull up at the station.
By Annalise Kempen

Pollex - January 2018

Read More - unreported (CC 26/2016) [2017] Zaecpehc 53 (2 November 2017) (ECP)
The reference supra is that of the widely publicised murder trial before the Port Elizabeth High Court in which Christopher Panayiotou and Sinethemba Nemembe were convicted of the murder of the late Ms Jayde Panayiotou who was the wife of Christopher.
Read More - S V Njiva and Another 2017 (1) SACR 395 (ECM)
Section 217(1) of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 (“the CPA”) provides as follows: “217. Admissibility of confession by accused
Read More - National Commissioner of Police v Southern African Human Rights Litigation Centre and Another 2015 (1) SACR 255 (CC)
In 2007 in Harare, the Zimbabwe police raided the headquarters of the main opposition political party whereafter they detained and allegedly tortured (Afrikaans: "martel") 100 Zimbabwean nationals.

Letters - January 2018

W/O David Pillay retired at the end of November 2017 after having served the South African Police Service and various communities for more than four decades - a lifetime to some.
Over the years, numerous retired police members, usually gathering at the funeral of a former colleague, suggested the formation of an organisation where retired police members could meet regularly to rekindle friendships; form new friendships; and share memories of the past on a regular basis and in an organised manner
Servamus has published a great article on the Tracker SAPS Awards 2017 in the November issue of the magazine whereby all units and nominated members were covered for the absolutely brilliant work they do in partnership with Tracker.
Members of the social crime prevention office of Emanguzi SAPS have been working hard to bring awareness to the local communities in an effort to protect the most vulnerable and youngest members in our communities.
January 2018 Magazine Cover

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