• Physical evidence is the silent witness in criminal cases which is why it should not be contaminated and why the chain of custody is vital. Read our article published from p20 in Servamus: August 2021 to learn more about evidence and the story it tells.

  • The reconstruction of a crime scene is a vital step to give the court an idea of what happened at a crime scene. Our article published from p34 in Servamus: August 2021 explains what the process entails.

  • Various role-players from within the SAPS can help to provide specialised information about the scene, the victim and the suspect at a crime scene. Our article published from p23 in Servamus: August 2021 highlights these role-players.

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I endorse the sentiments of Jay Jugwanth about the absence of the Police Minister and MEC at the home of Sgt Paul.

It is with deep regret and much sadness that we learnt of the merciless shooting of Sgt Jeremy Paul, a detective based at Mountain Rise. The team were on a routine raid for suspects at Swapo, Copesville, Pietermaritzburg in the early hours of Thursday morning 11 March 2021 when he was gunned down by a person suspected of murder. After the shooting, the suspect made off with the official firearm of the police sergeant. It is very sad that a young life was taken. One of his colleagues said that Jeremy was a loyal and devoted member, efficient and diligent in his investigative duties.

It has come to our attention that the suspect was later also shot dead by police during a follow-up operation. Police recovered three firearms in his possession, one belonging to Sgt Paul and the other two are presumably illegal as they were not licensed.

It is reported that the funeral service was attended by Maj-Gen P Makoba and Brig P (Boxer) Pillay. A notable absence was the Police Minister, who was not present to offer any support or to convey the department’s condolences and as an act of care and compassion to the bereaved family.

Sgt Paul is survived by his wife and two young children.

On behalf of the Retired Police members of Pietermaritzburg and Durban, I wish to convey our deepest sympathy and condolences to the bereaved family.

May his soul RIP.

Logan Govender


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Servamus - August 2021

Television series have played a significant role in creating public interest about forensic science and the investigation of crime.
By Annalise Kempen
Despite Hollywood’s portrayal in numerous television programmes, crime scene investigation is a difficult and time-consuming task that cannot be completed in a couple of minutes.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Fire and water - two elements of nature that result in opposite reactions: when one stares at a firepit or a bonfire and listens to the sound of water such as a waterfall or waves breaking, it typically makes one calm and relaxed.
By Annalise Kempen
Every crime scene tells a story which is why it is of utmost importance that proper crime scene management is implemented to prevent the destruction of any evidence that might be found at a scene.
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - August 2021

In two recent, different and unrelated case law, namely -
Read More - Minister of Transport v Brackenfell Trailer Hire (Pty) Ltd and Other 2021 (1) SACR 463 (SCA)
Role-players in this matter are: National Minister of Transport = the appellant;
Read More - S v Gabani 2021 (1) SACR 562 (ECB)
This Gabani case took place between the Mdantsane Magistrates’ Court and the High Court in Bhisho in the Eastern Cape.

Letters - August 2021

Dudley Maharaj was born in Pietermaritzburg in 1936 and recently turned 85 years of age.
NAME: W/O L H Zandberg STATION: Pretoria Central Magistrates’ Court
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