• Do you have anger issues? Are you dealing with them or do you grab a knife, a panga or a brick to attack another person when you get angry? We ask whether there is a link between anger and crime. Refer to the article published in Servamus: July 2020 on p10 to p12.

    Do you have anger issues? Are you dealing with them or do you grab a knife, a panga or a brick to attack another person when you get angry? We ask whether there is a link between anger and crime. Refer to the article published in Servamus: July 2020 on p10 to p12.

  • Citizens are often unsure what they need to do when they are subjected to abuse or acts of brutality by police members. We provide you with valuable tips on what to do and contact details where to report such abuse. Read the article published in Servamus: July 2020 on p50 to p53.

    Citizens are often unsure what they need to do when they are subjected to abuse or acts of brutality by police members. We provide you with valuable tips on what to do and contact details where to report such abuse. Read the article published in Servamus: July 2020 on p50 to p53.

  • The members of the Investigative Psychology Section of the SAPS do much more than to “get into the mind of a criminal”. They render a vital role to assist investigating officers with any psychologically-motivated crimes.  Read more about their work in an article published in Servamus: July 2020 on p40 and p41.

    The members of the Investigative Psychology Section of the SAPS do much more than to “get into the mind of a criminal”. They render a vital role to assist investigating officers with any psychologically-motivated crimes.  Read more about their work in an article published in Servamus: July 2020 on p40 and p41.

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In recent years, South Africa has had its fair share of disasters (Afrikaans: “rampe”). So much so, that in respect of some of them, the authorities officially declared some as either national, provincial and/or municipal state of disasters.

Just to mention a few, they are -
(1) The reclassification of provincial disasters as a national disaster in respect of “the magnitude and severity of the ongoing drought occurring in at least three provinces”. Refer to Government Gazette No 41439 dated 13 February 2018. The three provinces referred to are apparently, at the time, the Western Cape, Northern Cape and Eastern Cape. Also refer to “Water crises in South Africa” published in Pollex in Servamus: April 2018.

This latter declaration of a national disaster - only in respect of three provinces - was followed by a declaration of a national state of disaster in respect of “the drought crisis affecting multiple provinces [in South Africa]”. Refer to Government Gazette No 43066 dated 4 March 2020.

(2) As a result of the magnitude and severity of fires and storms that affected the Western Cape during June 2017 (in the vicinity of Knysna and surrounding areas), the Premier of the Western Cape declared it a provincial state of disaster. Refer to Western Cape Provincial Notice No 47 as published in Western Cape Provincial Gazette No 7904 dated 29 March 2018.

(3) Then there is the latest declaration of a national disaster with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic (coronavirus). Refer to Government Notice No 312 dated 15 March 2020 as published in Government Gazette No 43096 of the same date - the classification of the COVID-19 pandemic as a national disaster by the Head of the National Disaster Management Centre in terms of section 23(1)(b) of the Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002 (hereinafter referred to as the “Disaster Act”). In Government Notice No 313, also dated Sunday 15 March 2020, and also published in Government Gazette No 43096 and also dated 15 March 2020, the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs declared the COVID-19 pandemic a national state of disaster.

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Note that all the authorities concerned, administered all the disasters referred to supra, in terms of the Disaster Act. This is not strange as all the disasters supra, fall squarely within the word definition of “disaster” (in Afrikaans text: “ramp”) as it appears in section 1 of the Disaster Act, namely –

Note that all the authorities concerned, administered all the disasters referred to supra, in terms of the Disaster Act. This is not strange as all the disasters supra, fall squarely within the word definition of “disaster” (in Afrikaans text: “ramp”) as it appears in section 1 of the Disaster Act, namely -

“‘disaster’ means a progressive or sudden, widespread or localised natural or human-caused occurrence which -

(a) causes or threatens to cause -

(i) death, injury or disease;

(ii) damage to property, infrastructure or the environment; or

(iii) significant disruption of the life of a community; and

(b) is of a magnitude that exceeds the ability of those affected by the disaster to cope with its effects using only their own resources”.

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[This is only an excerpt of a legal discussion published in Pollex in Servamus: May 2020. If you are interested in reading the rest of this discussion, send an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out what to do. Ed.]

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Servamus - July 2020

Hacked to death with a panga - that was how Ed Neumeister, the 67-year-old owner of a restaurant in the Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal was killed in broad daylight on the first Saturday of June 2020 (Regchand, 2020).
By Annalise Kempen
Imagine you are sitting behind your desk at work and the bleep of an incoming message on your cellphone draws your attention.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
This month's crime series shows us once again how religion can be abused and used to cloak criminal acts.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
The number of women who have committed violent crime globally, is very small in relation to male perpetrators.
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - July 2020

Read More - S v Davids 2019 (1) SACR 257 (WCC)
Relevant legal provision According to section 1 of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977, the phrase “aggravating circumstances” (in Afrikaans text: “verswarende omstandig-hede”) is defined as follows:
Read More - S v Zabathini Jonas Case No: CA & R 99/17 dated 19 July 2019 (NCK)
Mr Zabathini Jonas, the accused, was convicted in the regional court, sitting at the town of Phillipstown in the Northern Cape Province (“the trial court”), of two counts of rape, in circumstances where the provisions of section 51 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 105 of 1997 (also referred to as the “Minimum Sentences Act”) applied.
Background According to recent media reports, some members of the South African Police Service (“the SAPS”) and members of the South African National Defence Force (“the Defence Force”) have, generally speaking, conducted themselves incompetently, inexpertly and unprofessionally during law enforcement operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Letters - July 2020

After 80 days of enforcing COVID-19 lockdown regulations, 14 police officials have succumbed to the coronavirus, Police Minister Bheki Cele announced during a multi-disciplinary operation in Soweto.
It is with deep regret and sad hearts that we learnt about the passing of Kelly Ann de Villiers, the wife of W/O Jerome de Villiers.
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