• 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 April 2013, a 17-year-old girl named Rehtaeh Parsons, was removed from life support and subsequently died. This happened three days after her mother discovered her daughter hanging in the bathroom of their home in Nova Scotia, Canada. The girl had apparently gotten drunk at a party in 2011 and was gang-raped by four boys, who took a picture of the scene and posted it online. Rehtaeh was mercilessly bullied by classmates for two years after the incident and even after the family moved to a new town to get her away from the abuse, the bullying continued. In August 2013, Canadian authorities charged two 18-year-old boys with distributing child pornography. In November 2014, the first accused was sentenced to a conditional discharge with 12 months' probation, which means that his criminal record will not show a conviction in this case unless he breaches the terms of his probation. In January 2015, the second accused, who had texted a photo that showed him penetrating the victim and flashing a thumbs up while she vomited, was sentenced to 12 months' probation.

- A form of digital sexual harassment?
Compiled 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." These words appeared in a text message sent from the 51-year-old Martin Careen, a teacher at a private Catholic school, to one of his 17-year-old female learners in 2009. More sexually explicit messages followed over a two-day period. Fortunately for this teenager, it had to stop since, in 2012, Martin Careen was sentenced to 60 days' incarceration. He was also no longer permitted to teach (Hopes, 2012). This incident makes one wonder how often teachers, whom we trust with our children, are guilty of this form of abuse.

In the digital age in which we are living, teachers must continually keep up with the latest advances introduced to them by their learners. These advances often pose new challenges in classroom management and learner discipline. Sadly, some teachers misuse developments in technology and get involved in things such as sexting.

By Kotie Geldenhuys

It is night-time in the city. Flashing neon lights and soft streetlamps create shadowy images across the pavement. Cars stop at traffic lights and impatient motorists sound their car hooters. But on the street corners, another picture is unfolding as the ladies of the night are waiting for their first pickup of the night, dressed to attract attention in their high heels and short skirts. Close by, dressed in tight-fitting jeans, a few young men are also strolling about the intersection, waiting for johns who would pay them for sexual favours. ("Johns" is a slang term used to refer to the male customers of a sex worker.) They are the men of the night. A white Mercedes emerges from a nearby alley, flashing its lights and making one of the young men smile before he gets in the car.

Compiled 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. Sadly, this is not an isolated incident but is rather one of the many examples of what has been happening across all sectors of the world - it happens when those in so-called positions of power abuse these positions of trust, which they could have used to make a positive difference to other people's lives instead.

Power, in itself, is not necessarily a bad thing. But when power is combined with abuse, the problems start. Many of those who are in positions of power, such as teachers, priests, employers, politicians and coaches, abuse the power that their positions give them.

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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