• 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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Compiled by Kotie Geldenhuys

In his book The Choice - the Gayton McKenzie story, the controversial former gangster who eventually exposed corruption in the Grootvlei Correctional Centre, Gayton McKenzie, writes the following: “As a robber you’re always lying to yourself and saying, ‘this is my last one’. You think, I’ll invest the money, spend it frugally, but invariably once you have the money, something else comes along. Your friends describe the next job as a piece of cake … You never think this will be one too many, the one that will finally sink you, like a golf ball that’s been hit all over the course, but eventually reaches its hole. I have been arrested and faced the judge … 16 times…”

Crime is a huge problem and a nightmare for most societies in the world. It is no secret that South Africa has one of the highest crime rates in the world - and where there is a high crime rate, prison overcrowding is often a necessary consequence, as is the situation in our country. Many of those serving time in these overcrowded correctional facilities are reoffenders, and therefore it comes as no surprise that South Africa also suffers from one of the highest recidivism rates in the world.

- An unofficial death sentence?

Compiled by Kotie Geldenhuys

South African prisons are deemed to be the most overcrowded correctional facilities in Africa due to their inadequate capacity to safely and securely house the number of offenders in the country. The prison system in post-1994 South Africa has been characterised by a range of persistent challenges such as corruption and gross human rights violations. While the Constitution now places radically different demands on the prison system, there are still a lot of problems which include the problems associated with the overcrowding of South Africa's more than 240 prisons.

Prison overcrowding has been a long-standing problem. Since 1965 (the earliest date for which information is available) there has been a shortfall between the demand for prison space and the available accommodation (Muntingh, 2012). In January 1995, eight months after the ANC government took office, the official capacity of South African prisons was 96 361, while the actual prison population was 116 846. The prisons were at 121% capacity. Nearly ten years later, on 31 July 2004, the official capacity stood at 114 821 and the actual prison population at 184 806 inmates. During that ten-year period, the prison population in South Africa had grown by 58% and the levels of overcrowding had increased by 40% (Steinberg, 2005). 

- Ensuring that justice is served across borders

Compiled by Annalise Kempen

Have you ever thought that South African investigative standards or investigators are not on par with international standards? Think again. An operation entitled Scams R Us is an excellent example of how the South African authorities have contributed to justice being served across borders.

 

The modus operandi

In September 2011, a female victim located in the United States of America informed US investigators that a person with whom she communicated through an online dating service had requested that she repackage and ship two cellphones to an address in Pretoria, South Africa, using labels that this person provided to her. The initial investigation revealed that the cellphones were purchased using the stolen personal and credit card information of an American citizen who (obviously) did not authorise the use of this information. 

- We look at some underlying reasons

Compiled by Kotie Geldenhuys

The causes of crime are complex. We accept that poverty, domestic abuse, low self-esteem, and alcohol and drug abuse are all connected in explaining why people commit crimes. Yet, these factors do not offer a comprehensive explanation of exactly why some people resort to crime. The reasons why people commit crimes are as unique and varied as the individuals who commit them.

The age-old question of why crime exists is one that will never cease to be asked, resulting in many theories that attempt to address and explain this phenomenon. Some crimes sound so unreal, such as killing one's own spouse, child or parents, that magistrates and judges may have a hard time believing that anyone is capable of doing such a thing to their loved ones. Therefore, prosecutors must prove motive to explain what reason the accused had to commit what appears at first to be an unreasonable act. The prosecution must explain bizarre and unthinkable behaviour and prove how, and especially why, anyone would commit such an offence.

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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