• 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

Photo by Kotie Geldenhuys

There is no doubt that the successful prosecution of an accused person depends not only strongly on evidence, but also on a good working relationship between the investigating officer and the prosecutor, which will contribute to building a strong case. If an investigator has the confidence to liaise regularly with the prosecutor during the investigation process, the chances of addressing any issues before the case goes to court improve significantly.

By Kotie Geldenhuys

Investigating crime can be compared to assembling a jigsaw puzzle. Investigating officers gather and assemble all the pieces to get a clear picture of what happened and to enable them to identify suspects. However, sometimes, investigating officers may be missing a few puzzle pieces when they are lacking important pieces of evidence, a confession, etc.

Despite these missing pieces, some investigating officers may still believe that they know who the perpetrator is. But the question is: How would they go about proving the link between the perpetrator and the crime if they don't have all the puzzle pieces?

Article compiled by Annalise Kempen 

Photos by W/O Ndanduleni Nyambeni

Throughout the years of reading about and attending National Police Day events hosted each year on 27 January, I always thought to myself that this is the ideal day to reward and recognise those police members who are "true to the blue". After all, the purpose of National Police Day is for the SAPS to remember the sacrifices that our men and women in blue have made and continue to make as they provide safety for all who live in South Africa, and to thank them for doing so.

By Annalise Kempen

Every now and again, and especially following the death of a well-known person, such as after the murder of Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa, there seems to be renewed calls for the reinstatement of the death penalty. But the question is whether, if such emotional pleas led to the taking of this very controversial step, it would contribute to a decrease in South Africa's high violent crime rate.

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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