• The reality of prisons for many inmates is far from hoping to be rehabilitated. Instead, the reality is one of trying to protect oneself from the violence perpetrated on the inside. Read our article about the shocking reality of prison violence in the August 2017 issue of Servamus.

    The reality of prisons for many inmates is far from hoping to be rehabilitated. Instead, the reality is one of trying to protect oneself from the violence perpetrated on the inside. Read our article about the shocking reality of prison violence in the August 2017 issue of Servamus.

  • Some people seem to choose a life of violent crime. We ask whether it is due to an antisocial personality disorder or genes or whether other factors are at play. Read this interesting article in the August 2017 issue of Servamus.

    Some people seem to choose a life of violent crime. We ask whether it is due to an antisocial personality disorder or genes or whether other factors are at play. Read this interesting article in the August 2017 issue of Servamus.

  • Commercial crime is often regarded as “not so serious”. We prove the opposite in an article featured in the August 2017 issue of Servamus by giving a South African perspective to this very serious crime and the impact it has on the community and economy.

    Commercial crime is often regarded as “not so serious”. We prove the opposite in an article featured in the August 2017 issue of Servamus by giving a South African perspective to this very serious crime and the impact it has on the community and economy.

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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 - August 2017

Asanda Baninzi and Wox Mthuthuzeli Nombewu hijacked a sergeant based at the Langebaan Airforce Base and his girlfriend, then drove them to the Mawumawu area in Nyanga.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Who will be the next National Commissioner of the SAPS? That is the question on many concerned South Africans' lips - especially those of police members, researchers and the SAPS's partners in the fight against crime.
By Annalise Kempen
Normal, healthy people seldom dream about death. They do not see crime scenes and dead people when they close their eyes.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
For a period of 11 years the serial rapist and murderer, Jimmy Maketta, terrorised communities in the Philippi area near Cape Town.
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - August 2017

Read More - S v Parkins 2017 (1) SACR 235 (WCC)
Bradley Parkins (“the accused”) was convicted in the regional court sitting at Wynberg in the Cape Peninsula (“the trial court”) on the following six charges:
Read More - S v Mabitle 2017 (1) SACR 325 (NWM) and S v Monye and Another 2017 (1) SACR 329 (SCA)
In Ask Pollex in Servamus: August 2015, Pollex referred to a number of reported cases in respect of “contract killings”.
Read More In Servamus: June 2017, Pollex discussed the case of S v Hewitt 2017 (1) SACR 309 (SCA) (“the Hewitt case”). (The case involved the retired, world-renowned champion tennis player and instructor, Bob Hewitt.)
The Hewitt case was about three female complainants of whom two were raped and one was sexually assaulted (this offence was known as indecent assault at the time).
This month sees the last of our series of unlawful arrest and detention cases.

Letters - August 2017

Read More - An update (Servamus: December 2016
The telephone rings sharply in the charge office of Kliptown Police Station. The sergeant on duty looks up at the old clock hanging above the fireplace.
From 13 to 16 June 2017, members of the South African Police Service embarked on a trip to Mossel Bay for the Inter Provincial Soccer Championship, which was held at the D'Almeida sports ground.
Fathers’ Day was celebrated this year on 18 June, and I decided to run a special project under Social Crime Prevention for the fathers at Westville SAPS, with the wonderful support of some very gracious sponsors.
August 2017 Magazine Cover

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