• 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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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).

Mutilated by her estranged husband, Johan Kotze, it was a mere miracle that Ina Bonnette survived the atrocious deeds perpetrated by the Modimolle Monster as he cut off her nipple with a small saw; took out a nail to push it into that raw wound before cutting her private parts with a side-cutter (Geldenhuys, 2014).

By Annalise Kempen

It is almost impossible to make sense of the facts of what had happened to victims when one reads about how they have been dehumanised. Is it even possible for one human to inflict so much pain to another human being? Do torturers want to command some power over their victims or should we accept that they are cruel and inhumane individuals?

What is torture?
Many Hollywood movies show how intelligence services or police agencies use torture techniques to interrogate their subjects to get information from them. Does that make the members of these agencies criminal or is torture justified when used by the authorities? To answer these questions, it is important to have an understanding of “torture” which is described as “the action or practice of inflicting severe pain on someone as a punishment or in order to force them to do or say something” (Oxford Dictionary). Article 1 of the 1984 United Nations Convention against Torture describes torture as: Any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him (or her) or a third person, information or a confession, punishing him (or her) for an act he (or she) or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him (or her) or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity. It does not include pain or suffering arising only from inherent in or incidental to lawful sanctions (Williams and Van der Merwe, 2013). These two authors note that this definition has been extended to include violence by unofficial agents, as in civil conflict, but that all definitions refer to intentional infliction of pain and/or suffering. The Prevention and Combating of Torture of Persons Act 13 of 2013 uses a similar definition as the UN Convention against Torture.

The Prevention and Combating of Torture of Persons Act 13 of 2013 which came into operation in July 2013, criminalises torture, whereas prior to the enactment of this statute, anyone who was found guilty of torture would have been charged with other crimes, such as assault, rape, culpable homicide or murder (SAHRC, Nd). According to section 3 of Act 13 of 2013,

“(1) Any person who -

(a) commits torture;

(b) attempts to commit torture; or

(c) incites, instigates, commands or procures any person to commit torture, is guilty of the offence of torture and is on conviction liable to imprisonment, including imprisonment for life.

(2) Any person who participates in torture, or who conspires with a public official to aid or procure the commission of or to commit torture, is guilty of the offence of torture and is on conviction liable to imprisonment, including imprisonment for life.

(3) Despite any other law to the contrary, including customary international law, the fact that an accused person –

(a) is or was a head of state or government, a member of a government or parliament, an elected representative or a government official; or

(b) was under a legal obligation to obey a manifestly unlawful order of a government or superior, is neither a defence to a charge of committing an offence referred to in this section, nor a ground for any possible reduction of sentence, once that person has been convicted of such offence.

(4) No exceptional circumstances whatsoever, including but not limited to, a state of war, threat of war, internal political instability, national security or any state of emergency may be invoked as a justification for torture.

(5) No one shall be punished for disobeying an order to commit torture.”

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[This is only an excerpt of an article published in Servamus: July 2020. The rest of the article discusses the security services and torture; the psychology behind torture; the impact of torture on victims; and how torturers are also affected. If you are interested in reading the full article, send an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact our office at tel: 012 345 4660/22 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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