• 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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One unforeseen consequence of the emergence of the Internet, is the rapid increase in the illicit trade in child sexual abuse images and videos worldwide. Why does this make us upset? Because every child sexual abuse image or video is a crime scene where a child was abused. Although many of the perpetrators of child pornography think that they will get away with their crimes, the net is slowly closing in on them as law enforcement authorities globally are taking hands and use technology to ensure that these perpetrators will be stopped in their tracks and spend many years behind bars.

The case of S v Robert William de Vries is a clear example of how the cooperation between different countries and the use of technology set precedence for future testimony of witnesses in foreign countries in South African courts. After this case was concluded in May 2018, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) incorporated and encouraged the use of social media communication (such as Google Hangout) in cases where witnesses are abroad. Sections 158(3) and 158(4) of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 can be used to apply for a Skype or Google Hangout application. However, a request for mutual legal assistance must also be forwarded to the respective country to allow the witnesses to testify.

A very long investigation
The William de Vries case was the longest running child pornography investigation to date and it took nine years of delayed efforts and complications before the perpetrator was eventually sentenced. This is confirmation that investigating crimes like these is time-consuming and involves many role-players.

The William de Vries story started in 2009 when two postal inspectors from the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) stumbled across this case. The USPIS has long been recognised as a leading law enforcement agency in the battle to identify and arrest individuals who sexually exploit children. Postal inspectors investigate the use of the mailing system to illegally distribute child pornography or facilitate the sexual exploitation of children (USPIS, Nd). While postal inspector Christopher Cizin and a colleague were surfing the Internet one day in 2009, they discovered various advertisements inviting readers to buy pornographic material. After reading the adverts, Mr Cizin sent an e-mail to one of the advertisers at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. He received a response from the addressee, who is the distributor, containing four links and a password. Using the links and the password, Mr Cizin was able to access an address which he could use to place an order and see a sample of the videos with file names, thumbnail images of pornography, a video containing pornography, a price list and contact e-mail addresses, including the address referred to above and another address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The two postal inspectors responded to the adverts and introduced themselves to the distributor as Joe Reis and Simon Derrick. They communicated with the distributor over an extended period of time at the original e-mail address and subsequent e-mail addresses which were provided to them by the distributor. In due course they received instructions as to how the distribution system would work and they placed their orders with the distributor in the names of Joe Reis and Simon Derrick. They provided the distributor with two postal addresses in the USA and made arrangements for payments.

In April 2009, Mr Cizin received the two envelopes which each contained four double sided DVDs. He noticed that the envelopes had been posted in South Africa and were addressed as they had requested the distributor to address them. The contents were described as being educational DVDs. On the Joe Reis envelope, the sender’s address was supplied as being in Northcliff in Gauteng, South Africa, while the sender’s address on the Simon Derrick envelope was supplied as being P Riley in the Republic of South Africa. As Mr Cizin inspected the contents of the envelopes, he realised that he needed passwords to unlock the files on the DVDs as the files were encrypted. He requested the distributor to supply the relevant passwords and it was not long before he received the passwords to unlock the files. Mr Cizin and the distributor concluded a further transaction to buy pornographic media. Some of the e-mails for this transaction were sent from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Johan Claassen, a Foreign Service National Investigator from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Pretoria was alerted by his colleagues in New York about the online criminal activities which they had identified. These included five IP (Internet Protocol) addresses related to an individual who may be involved in child pornography. In addition to the IP addresses, the US investigators also noted money transfers to two South Africans (Nkosi, 2018). Johan Claassen subsequently handed the information to the SAPS while the DVDs which Mr Cizin had received were sent to Charl Louw, a forensic IT expert in South Africa, for analysis.

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[This is only an excerpt of an article published in Servamus: June 2020. The rest of the article refers to what happened when the South African distributor’s house was searched; what an examination of the seized devices revealed; how the lengthy investigation ends in a trial; William’s side of the story as well as judgment and sentencing. This article confirms how technology can be used successfully during the court case – even if a witness is in another country. 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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