• 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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- S v Kubheka and Another (200/2020) [2021] ZASCA 25 (24 March 2021) (SCA)

In Ask Pollex in Servamus: May 2016 and February 2018, Pollex discussed the meaning of remote jamming*, as well as whether a security officer, duly registered with PSiRA* may arrest an offender without a warrant for remote jamming-related offences.

In the May 2016 discussion, Pollex described remote jamming as follows, namely that, “when the lawful driver/owner of a vehicle parks his or her vehicle and then presses the button on his or her own lawful remote to lock the vehicle, a thief (the suspect) will be close by and will be repeatedly pressing the button on a hidden remote device of his or her own, which overwhelms the airwaves in the area and blocks the signal of the lawful driver/owner’s remote to the vehicle”.

At the time of the 2016 and 2018 discussions referred to supra, Pollex was not aware of any reported case law (decided cases) in this regard.

However, the case of S v Kubheka and Another supra has now been published.

In this case, two accused persons were each convicted in the regional court, Randburg of the theft of a cellphone and an iPod out of a motor vehicle. Accused 1 was sentenced to four years’ incarceration, of which two years were suspended for a period of five years on condition that he was not convicted of theft or any offence involving an element of dishonesty during the period of suspension. Accused 2 was sentenced to four years’ incarceration.

After being granted leave to appeal from the regional court, both accused appealed to the High Court in Johannesburg in respect of both conviction and sentence.

After hearing the appeal, the said High Court dismissed the appeal against conviction. As far as the sentences are concerned, the High Court increased the sentence of accused 1 to five years’ direct incarceration, and that of accused 2 to eight years’ direct incarceration.

Both accused thereupon petitioned the Supreme Court of Appeal (“the SCA”) for leave to appeal to it (the SCA) where they were, however, granted leave to appeal against sentences only.

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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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