• 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 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.

Power is a quality, a tool and a weapon utilised for a variety of reasons. When used in the form of a quality, it gives the possessor a sense of control. In the form of a weapon, power is possessed in order to produce a negative environment of hurt and punishment. When used in the form of a tool, power may be used to gain something more, something positive (www.kibin.com/essay-examples/ the-uses-of-power-TrmlThKH). Sadly, this same power and privilege are allowing people to get away with a lot. Power is operationally defined as having control over resources, which affords the ability to influence others by bestowing or withholding those resources (Magee and Galinsky, 2008). The online dictionary (www.businessdictionary.com/definition/abuse-of-power.html) describes “abuse of power” as “the act of using one’s position of power in an abusive way. This can take many forms, such as taking advantage of someone, gaining access to information that shouldn’t be accessible to the public, or just manipulating someone with the ability to punish them if they don’t comply”. Instead of wielding their power for the greater good, some people in powerful positions may be tempted to use their power in self-serving ways.

Abuse of power and corruption
Leaders, ranging from politicians to religious and educational leaders, are typically endowed with power and it is this power that can corrupt them. In this sense, the saying of "power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely" is spot-on (www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/absolute-power-corrupts-absolutely.html). Once given a taste of power, many leaders are highly motivated to protect it - a phenomenon recognisable throughout the world. South Africa is no different. The case of former national police commissioner, Jackie Selebi, who abused his power to protect and help his corrupt friends including Glen Agliotti, from whom he accepted bribes worth R166 000 in exchange for showing him top-secret police reports, is one of the first examples that comes to mind (www.timeslive. co.za/politics/2016/02/08/Mbeki-tackles-trust-me-on-Jackie-Selebi-scandal-in-latest-missive-defending-his-presidency). There were also allegations that Selebi abused his position in Interpol, when he served as its president from 2004 to 2008, to protect criminals from extradition (www.security.co.za/news/4865). Another example is that of Jacob Zuma, the South African president, who is facing 783 charges of fraud, corruption and racketeering and who has tried to abuse his power to get these charges against him dropped.

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) decided to hear together the appeals by President Jacob Zuma and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) against a high court ruling setting aside the decision to drop 783 charges of corruption‚ fraud and racketeering against the president and has given the President and the NPA until 5 June 2017 to file their heads of argument. This happened after a full bench of the North Gauteng High Court found in April 2016 that Mr Zuma should face the charges as outlined in the indictment (www.times-live.co.za/politics/2017/04/20/Zuma-and-NPA-appeal-hearings-against-reinstatement-of-783-criminal-charges-to-be-consolidated).

In 2006, 14 ANC MPs were convicted and fined after pleading guilty to theft and fraud charges due to their abuse of parliamentary travel vouchers. The scandal, which subsequently became known as Travelgate, also implicated members of other parties. In a flagrant cover-up, Parliament decided to write off R12 million owed by the MPs in 2011 (www.fin24.com/Economy/Nine-corruption-scandals-worse-than-Nkandla-20150922). It is also common knowledge that there are municipal managers, chief financial officers and mayors in numerous municipalities around the country who also abuse their power to get away with acts of corruption and fraud involving public funds and resources. Truman Prince, the former mayor of Beaufort West, is yet another example of a person in power who was involved in a string of corruption scandals and tender irregularities. But that was not all - in 2005, Prince was suspended as municipal manager and as a member of the ANC after a television programme revealed that he had approached teenage girls for sex. In 2010, he was found guilty of drunk driving and fined a meagre R2000 (http://citizen.co.za/news/970209/anc-must-stop-protecting-criminal-conduct-and-suspend-truman-prince-da/).

More examples of people in powerful positions who abuse their power to get away with corruption and fraud include church leaders who misuse money donated to churches, while businessmen and -women take advantage of their powerful positions to get away with bribery and corruption.

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[This is only an extract of an article published in Servamus: June 2017. The rest of this article discusses how abuse leads to humiliation; assault and murder and sex crimes. We also provide contact details of where you can report abuse by teachers and police members. Contact Servamus’s offices to request the rest of the article by sending an e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phoning (012) 345 4660/22.]

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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