• 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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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.

Whenever we hear the terms "prostitution" and "sex work," they conjure up images of women selling their bodies to men on the streets, in hotel rooms and at brothels. As sex work is often constructed as being an interaction between male clients and female sex workers, male sex workers are often overlooked. However, male prostitution is a daily reality for many men in South Africa. According to the South African National AIDS Council (2013), there are between 130 000 and 180 000 sex workers in South Africa. Out of these, 90% are female and 10% are male or transgender. In other countries, the proportion of male sex workers is much higher. May (2014) reports that almost 50% of all sex workers in the UK (totalling around 105 000) are, in fact, male.

Male sex work is nothing new and its long history can be traced back alongside the existence of young female sex workers and as far back as the temple settings in ancient times in Japan, Greece, India and China. In ancient Rome, specifically, there were boy houses where young male sex workers' main function was to provide sexual enjoyment to adult men who had the money to pay for their services (Herbst, 2002).

Prostitution versus sex work
According to Sonke Gender Justice (2014), the term "sex worker" is the preferred term to use since the term "prostitute" historically refers to shameful acts, carrying negative connotations and linked to inaccurate information about sex workers and the sex industry. The term "sex worker" avoids moral judgment and points to the selling and buying of sexual services as a work matter with implications for labour law and occupational health and safety rights. Sex work is also the term used by international organisations, such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), and it is regarded as a form of labour or a service related to the exchange of sex or acts of sexuality for a negotiated reward. While the sex industry could include work such as stripping, pornography, phone sex, erotic massages and other services relating to sex or erotica, sex work from a legal standpoint refers to the selling of sexual intercourse or sexual acts for reward.

UNAIDS defines sex workers as: "Female, male and transgender adults aged over 18 years who sell consensual sexual services in return for cash or payment in kind, and who may sell sex formally or informally, regularly or occasionally."

An illegal job called sex work
Despite being the world's oldest profession, commercial sex work is a highly controversial topic. In a declining economy, where education and job opportunities are scarce, the motivations for joining the sex trade industry are predominantly based around survival and subsistence needs (Dunkle et al, 2004). Panday (Nd) agrees by saying that, for the majority of sex workers in South Africa, motivation for joining the sex industry is fuelled by subsistence and survival needs, and transactional sex is a lucrative business opportunity. It was further found that the client-sex worker relationship is a business deal characterised by the principles of supply and demand and the transaction of money for services.

In South Africa, sex workers generally work independently and do not work with a "pimp". Gould and Fick (2008) found that only 13% of sex workers on Cape Town's streets work with a pimp. The majority of sex workers in South Africa are street-based.

Despite the small number of South African male sex workers, the demand is large and continuously increasing (Panday, Nd). Okanlawon et al (2012) argue that in such an industry, where competition is rife, client satisfaction is a vital element in ensuring that clients return in order to keep business lucrative and flowing. If they are unable to satisfy their clients' expectations, there are always other male sex workers who will. Sex workers are then more likely to oblige and do whatever the client asks of them, in fear of losing clients, money and other business opportunities (Panday, Nd).


[This is only an extract of an article published in Servamus: June 2017. The rest of this article deals with, among others, sex work as a crime; the abuse and dangers posed to sex workers; the impact of the job on sex workers and reasons why men enter this industry. 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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