• What is the extent of the illegal organized cigarette trade in South Africa? How much money is lost annually to the South African economy as a result? We answer these and other important questions in an article published in Servamus: January 2021.

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  • COVID-19 has exacerbated the threat of crimes that are committed in the pharmaceutical industry, such as counterfeiting and fraud, as large consignments of counterfeit medical products have been distributed. Our article published from p24 in Servamus: January 2021, reveals more details.

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- S V Kruse 2018 (2) SACR 644 (WCC)

Mr Kruse, the accused, is deaf and mute (Afrikaans: “doofstom”). He was convicted in the Wynberg regional court in the Cape Peninsula (“the trial court”) of the murder of the late Nashief Davids which took place at Eastridge in Mitchells Plain. The accused was 62 years old at the time of his trial.

The accused was legally represented throughout his trial. His defence was that he was acting in private defence (Afrikaans: “noodweer”). The accused was subsequently sentenced to 15 years’ incarceration.

On appeal by the accused against both his conviction and sentence before the High Court in Cape Town (“the court of appeal”), the question was whether or not the accused was afforded a fair trial.

It appeared that the accused was not born deaf and mute, but started experiencing hearing loss around Gr 5 and gradually lost his hearing and speech abilities. He can, however, read and write.

While in Gr 7 he lost his hearing completely whereupon he was sent to the De la Bat School for the deaf in Worcester in the Western Cape Province, but he only spent six months there. He had never had any formal training in sign language (Afrikaans: “gebaretaal/tekentaal”).

A sign language interpreter was duly sourced, but when the trial was set to commence, the accused, through this interpreter informed the trial court that he did not understand sign language well and could not follow proceedings. Accordingly, the accused requested that an interpreter by the name of Mr Anthony Salie from the De la Bat School supra, and/or the accused’s son, assist as interpreters. The trial court refused both these requests.

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[This is an extract of the discussion of this court case that is published in Servamus: October 2020. If you are interested in reading the rest of the discussion, contact Servamus’s offices by sending an e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phoning (012) 345 4660. Ed.]

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Servamus - January 2021

A lack of employment and job opportunities is often considered to be an important reason for criminal behaviour.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Towards the end of March 2020, the President, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, announced that as of midnight on 26 March 2020, South Africa would go into a "hard lockdown".
By Kotie Geldenhuys
The current worldwide COVID-19 pandemic which resulted in various lockdown levels across the world, has opened new opportunities for criminals to exploit people - especially in cyberspace.
By Annalise Kempen
Families across the world have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic which will likely have a long-lasting impact on public health and our well-being.
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - January 2021

Read More - S v Leshilo (345/2019) [2020] ZASCA 98 (8 September 2020) (SCA)
Mr Moshidi Danny Leshilo (hereinafter referred to as “the accused”), was accused 1 before the regional court, Pretoria (“the trial court”) where he was convicted on 11 June 2014 of housebreaking with the intent to commit an unknown offence in terms of section 262 of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 (count 1); the unlawful possession of a firearm (count 2); and the unlawful possession of ammunition (count 3).
Read More - S v JA 2017 (2) SACR 143 (NCK)
Mr JA, the accused who is from Port Nolloth on the northern part of the South African west coast, was convicted of rape before the regional court, Springbok in Namaqualand.
Read More - S v Ndlovu 2017 (2) SACR 305 (CC)
Relevant legislation (1) Section 3 of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act 32 of 2007 provides for the offence of rape simpliciter (Afrikaans: “sonder voorbehoud”).

Letters - January 2021

Hearty congratulations to Sgt T S Moletsane of the Beaufort West Stock Theft Unit who was awarded as the Best Member of a Stock Theft Unit - for the fourth consecutive year!
January Magazine Cover

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