• The “art” scene is not safe from infiltration by organised criminal groups that have no regard for the real value of these collector’s items. Read Servamus’s article from p39 about how art and cultural artifacts are traded for a range of illegal commodities, including firearms and drugs.

  • Servamus subscribers stand the chance of winning a BYRNA Less-lethal firearm (no need for permits). Turn to p31 of Servamus: December 2020 to find out what you need to do to win this awesome prize worth R7500!

  • Corruption ensures a flourishing illegal wildlife trade. Read the article published in Servamus: December 2020 from p26 to read about the drivers for this type of crime.

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- 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. The circumstances were that the complainant was raped more than once and that it involved the infliction of grievous bodily harm to her. In the result, the trial court “took the two counts together for purposes of sentence whereupon the accused was sentenced to life incarceration on each count”.

On appeal, by the accused, against both the conviction and sentence before the High Court in Kimberley (“the court of appeal”), the court of appeal sketched the following brief background to this case, namely that it was widely known in the small town of Petrusville* in the Northern Cape, that the 24-year-old female complainant, openly led her life as a lesbian; that, according to the complainant’s neighbour, she dressed up and walked like a man; that she had a masculine short haircut; that she bore an uncanny male appearance; and that what happened to her (the rape) was purely motivated by her sexual orientation which the accused was fully alive to.

(Emphasis added.)

According to the medical doctor who examined the complainant after she was raped, he explained that in his 23 years of experience as a physician, the complainant was the most traumatised patient he ever examined due to the extensive pain that she endured. This was an exceptional case where he had to administer

10 mg of Valium intravenously to calm her down because she was in a state of emotional shock. The doctor intimated that with consensual sexual intercourse he would not have arrived at the clinical findings he made. The nature of the injuries he observed were strongly associated with forced penetration and he said that it was highly improbable that the intercourse was consensual. It was possible, he said that the patient would have lost consciousness during the act.

(Emphasis added.)

Of importance to readers of this column, is the evidence given by the accused in the trial court.

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[This is only an extract of the discussion of this court case that is published in Servamus: July 2020. If you are interested in reading the rest of this discussion, please send an e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact the office at tel: (012) 345 4660. Ed.]

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Servamus - December 2020

The term "organised crime" is associated with crimes involving "big money": cash-in-transit robberies, smuggling of precious metals and stones, smuggling of wildlife and animal parts, drug trafficking, cross-border vehicle crime and money laundering, to name a few.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
The concept of organised crime often evokes images of mafia- like figures and secret societies involved in drug trafficking and murder.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
The use of excessive force by law enforcers across the world is not uncommon.
By Prof André Buys
Since the Czech fugitive, Radovan Krejcir, entered South Africa with a false passport in 2007, the bodies of people associated with him have been piling up.
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - December 2020

Pollex also discussed the following court cases in Servamus: December 2020.
Read More - S v Mathekga and Another (Case no 717/2019) [2020] ZA SCA 77 (30 June 2020) (SCA)
Introduction This is a regrettable and most unfortunate case in which police officials shot and killed one of their own colleagues, and shot and wounded another.

Letters - December 2020

NAME: W/O L H Zandberg STATION: Pretoria Central SAPS
Congratulations are in order for Lt-Col Marli Strydom from the Northern Cape who was awarded a bronze certificate during the sixth annual National Batho Pele Excellence Awards 2020. The ceremony was held on 30 October 2020 in Boksburg.
December Magazine Cover

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