• Extreme weather has led to more frequent flooding. Our article published from p27 in Servamus: January 2022 look at which emergency services are involved during such disasters and give tips to stay safe.

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  • Do you know what to do in case of a hazmat incident or vehicle crash? We provide valuable tips on what to do in such cases in our article published from p37 in Servamus: January 2022.

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- Minister of Police and NDPP v Mr Ranshaw Bagley, Case no: CA 18/2020, dated 11 May 2021, High Court Makhanda (Grahamstown) (ECG)

Picture the following scenario:

Mr Ranshaw Bagley (hereinafter referred to as “Ranshaw”), who is a member of the South African Police Service (“the SAPS”) (rank unknown), is minding his own business on a Saturday morning at his house in MT Croix in Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth).

At about noon on that particular Saturday 6 April 2013, Ranshaw’s younger brother Ryan arrived and asked Ranshaw to help him test the speakers of the motor vehicle he was driving. One of Ranshaw’s neighbours approached them and complained about the noise from his brother’s car radio (noise pollution complaint [Afrikaans: “geraasbesoedelingsklagte”]). The radio was then switched off.

A very short while thereafter a SAPS motor vehicle pulled up in front of Ranshaw’s house with two policemen, namely Sgt Jela and Const Mqokozo.

An altercation (Afrikaans: “woordetwis”) ensued between all those present, including Ranshaw’s wife, as well as another group of police officials who arrived as a backup. Pepper spray was also used during this altercation but it is not clear who was responsible for the spraying. Eventually, Ranshaw is arrested.

At his first appearance in the magistrates’ court on Monday 8 April 2013, he was released on bail. In due course, Ranshaw was absolved (Afrikaans: “vrygespreek”) during a disciplinary hearing. He and his brother Ryan were also, likewise, both acquitted during a criminal trial.

Civil trial before the regional court in Gqeberha - Ranshaw’s claims for damages

Picture now the following scenario:

Ranshaw, being a SAPS member, claims damages (Afrikaans: “skadevergoeding”) from his employer, namely the Minister of Police! There were three claims namely -

Claim 1: Ranshaw sues the Minister of Police for wrongful and unlawful assault;

Claim 2: Ranshaw sues for malicious, alternatively, wrongful and unlawful arrest; and

Claim 3: Ranshaw sues the Minister of Police and the National Director of Public Prosecutions (“the NDPP”) for wrongful, false and malicious prosecution.

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[This is only an extract of an article published in Pollex in Servamus: December 2021. If you are interested in reading the rest of the article, send an e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out what you need to do. Ed.]

Servamus - January 2021

In Servamus: December 2021, I discussed how the killing or injuring of a human being may be justified in terms of our common law.
By Adv John I Welch
For many South Africans the word “disaster” became a reality in March 2020 when the President of the country, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation in the first of many “family meetings” to follow when he announced the country’s first lockdown.
By Annalise Kempen
Natural disasters, such as earthquakes, fires, floods and hurricanes are damaging events that change the lives of people within no time.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Each year during the dry season, which for the largest part of the country is the winter months, authorities warn us about our behaviour about making fire.
By Annalise Kempen

Pollex - January 2022

- S v Tilayi appeal case no: CA 22/2020 High Court Mthatha dated 9 March 2021 and 2021 (2) SACR 350 (ECM)
Mr Mbiyozo Zanodumo Tilayi, the accused, was convicted during a summary trial before the High Court in Mthatha (“the trial court”) of the following offences:
Read More - Messrs (1) Sechaba Seloana; (2) Mmuso Seloana; and (3) Abraham Itumeleng Popa v (1) The Director of Public Prosecutions [for the Free State Province] [DPP]; (2) National Director of Public Prosecutions [NDPP]; and (3) the Presiding Magistrate in the Welkom District Magistrates’ Court case no: 4019/2020 High Court Bloemfontein dated 24 August 2021 (FB)
Relevant, applicable legal provisions Section 75 of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 (“the CPA”) provides as follows:

Letters - January 2022

NAME: W/O L Zandberg STATION: Pretoria Central Magistrates’ Court
During October 2021, my husband and I were on holiday but got stranded 10 km before Jansenville in the Eastern Cape with flat tyres.
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