• With numerous types of scams around, it is vital that we know how to pay attention to avoid falling victim to these scammers. Our Community Safety Tips published from p48 in Servamus: August 2022 provides valuable tips on spotting scams.

  • Scammers are greedy con-artists who want to make as much money as they can and without thinking about the harm they cause to others. Our article published from p10 in Servamus: August 2022, warn readers about a variety of scams to watch out for.

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- Fundiswa Fiona Ralarala obo Sonwabile Ralarala Case Number 6948/2018, High Court Cape Town dated 4 November 2021 (WCC)

Word definition
Note that in this matter the plaintiff (Afrikaans: “eiser”) is Ms Fundiswa Fiona Ralarala, on behalf of (obo) her (at the time) 15-year-old son. The defendant (Afrikaans: “verweerder”) is the Minister of Police in his capacity as the employer of all the SAPS members involved in this matter.

- S v CA 2021 (2) SACR 443 (WCC)

Mr CA, the accused, was 17 years old at the time of the commission of the offence referred to infra, and 18 years at the time of sentencing. The accused was convicted on 9 April 2021 by the regional court sitting at Wynberg in the Cape Peninsula (“the trial court”), on a charge of robbery with aggravating circumstances. The accused was legally represented. His conviction followed a plea and sentence agreement* with the State/prosecution in terms of section 105A of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 (“the CPA”). The accused was subsequently sentenced to five years’ incarceration wholly conditionally suspended for five years.

- Concourt judgment cited as: Residents of Industry House, 5 Davies Street, New Doornfontein, Johannesburg and Others v Minister of Police and Others [2021] ZACC 37 (CC)

The matter between 11 different applicants representing 2852 persons, all residing in the vicinity of Doornfontein, Joubert Park, Jeppe Street, Turffontein, Berea and Marshalltown in Johannesburg and ten different respondents, inter alia, the Minister of Police, Johannesburg Metro, Minister of Home Affairs and the National Commissioner of the SAPS.

Servamus - August 2022

In these tough economic times one cannot blame people if they want their money to grow, especially when good returns are promised, as in the case of cryptocurrencies.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Diamonds are not only one of the most beautiful gemstones, it is also the most durable substance known to mankind.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
In a country where 7.9 million people are unemployed (StatsSA, 2022), it comes as no surprise that many people fall for employment scams.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Every year, more and more light is shed on the cruelty behind the breeding industry that is often kept hidden from the public by breeders.
Article and photos provided by the National Council of SPCAs

Pollex - August 2022

General Notice 642 of 2021, issued in terms of section 19(2) of the Defence Act 42 of 2002 by the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans is published in Government Gazette No 45419 dated 2 November 2021.
Introduction Have you, the reader (in particular law enforcement officers) ever heard of the following?

Letters - August 2022

Congratulations to the following Servamus subscribers who have each won a book in the past few months’ book review competitions:
A resolution adopted in 2018, by a group of retired and serving members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) to reach out to needy families, recently benefitted the Tlapu family in Tantanana village outside Phokeng, Rustenburg.
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