During the past couple of weeks, a number of police officials, including from the Hawks, were brutally gunned down. The murder of these dedicated police officials is a loss for each South Africa and we pay tribute to some of them in our article published from p 40-43 of Servamus: April 2020.
This short series of articles, published from pp 18-23 in Servamus: April 2020, explain the role of legal professionals, including advocates and attorneys; the role of the family advocate and the role of the sheriff.
Article by Kotie Geldenhuys
Selected photos by GroundUp
South Africa needs to assemble its best resources to fight the scourge of corruption, fraud and organised crime. This can only be achieved by means of a prosecutor-led investigation model, which is not a new approach in South Africa. In fact, there was a time when it was used with great success in the country.
By Kotie Geldenhuys in cooperation with Brig Dirk Lambrechts
There are times when we celebrate the sentences handed down to offenders for the crimes they committed. Then there are times when we are outraged by the sentences. Our feelings are typically dependent on our interpretation of whether the punishment fits the crime - if not, we are convinced that justice has failed us. However, determining the period of incarceration is not as clear cut as many people might think, as the courts have to take a variety of factors into consideration before handing down sentence. Sentencing is considered the primary prerogative of trial courts and they enjoy wide discretion to determine the type and severity of a sentence on a case-by-case basis.
Compiled by Annalise Kempen
South Africans often grapple with terminology in the legal and judicial space as some have differing international applications and the public tend to believe the version they see on television. Oftentimes the public simply do not have the legal knowledge to understand these terms or concepts which could eventually be to their detriment, if they find themselves on the wrong side of the law.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
On the first day of Autumn 2020 and during the writing of this article, eight-year-old Tazne van Wyk, was laid to rest. As the Minister of Police, Mr Bheki Cele, addressed the mourners at her funeral, he admitted that the Criminal Justice System had failed the young murder victim. On 7 February 2020, Tazne disappeared without a trace near her home in Elsies River, and almost two weeks later her body was found in a storm water drain near the N1 outside Worcester.