• The lockdown has brought along increased policing which unfortunately led to some police and army members taking the law in their own hands by acting violently towards the public. Read our article published in Servamus: February 2021 dealing with this violence.

  • Food fraud is seldom talked about, but a crime that affects rich and poor and can be deadly. The horse meat scandal from 2013 – that was one example. Read the article published in Servamus: February 2021, to learn what food fraud entails.

  • Although many South Africans experienced hard lockdown as having to stay home and limit social exposure, it was a much different game for sex workers. They had to deal with unique challenges during the lockdown and we explore what they did in an article published in Servamus: February 2021..

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- S v Lungisa (696/2019) [2020] ZASCA 99 (9 September 2020) (SCA)

Mr Andile Lungisa, the accused, was convicted on 17 April 2018 before the magistrate’s court, Port Elizabeth (“the trial court”) on a charge of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. On 6 May 2018, he was sentenced to three years’ incarceration of which one year was conditionally suspended for a period of five years.

Aggrieved by this outcome, the accused appealed to the High Court, Makhanda against both his conviction and sentence. On 2 April 2019, this appeal was dismissed - this High Court only adjusted the condition attached to the suspended portion of his sentence.

Still not satisfied with this outcome, the accused appealed again - but only against sentence - to the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein (“the SCA”) where the appeal was heard before a full bench of five judges.

As a matter of interest, on 9 September 2020 the SCA judgment was published online. This SCA judgment consists of two columns. The left-sided column (hereinafter referred to as column 1) features the English version of the judgment, while the right-sided column (column 2) features the isiXhosa version of the judgment. As far as Pollex can remember, it is the first time that any court judgment in the RSA appears in this format.

The SCA (in paragraph [4] of column 1 of its judgment), presented a brief summary of the chain of events which preceded the way to the SCA. These events are that the accused’s conviction emanates from events which took place in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Council (“the Council”) chamber at a meeting held on 27 October 2016. At that meeting the accused, who is a member of the African National Congress (ANC) and was, at the time of the incident, its leader in the Council, grievously assaulted Mr Ryno Kayser (“the complainant”), a Democratic Alliance (DA) councillor. The incident, which was recorded by Mr Ronaldo Gouws, also a DA councillor, on his cellphone, occurred during a debate involving the conduct of another ANC councillor, Mr Sabani, at a previous meeting. Due to the fact that a matter concerning him was to be discussed, the Speaker, Mr Jonathan Lawack had requested Mr Sabani to leave the Chamber. Mr Sabani refused to do so causing the Speaker to call for security personnel to remove him. Security members were prevented from approaching Mr Sabani by certain members of the Council, including the accused.

A motion which caused consternation among ANC councillors was adopted by the Council in respect of Mr Sabani. The meeting then descended into chaos. At this point, the accused and another ANC councillor, Mr Feni, approached the Speaker's precinct. Mr Feni grabbed the Speaker by the arm and the complainant moved towards the Speaker's table to intervene. It is at this stage that the accused hit the complainant on his head with a glass jug filled with water. The complainant fell to the ground and bled profusely. He became unconscious and was taken to hospital, where he received medical treatment. He sustained a 3 cm long and 1 cm deep laceration with an underlying haematoma on the left temple, a small flap laceration on the left ear, multiple linear abrasions (about 5 to 10 cm long) on the left side of the neck from which pieces of glass had to be surgically removed, and a “deep” 4 cm long abrasion on the upper chest. The laceration on his left temple was saturated.

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[This is an extract of this court case discussed in Servamus: February 2021. If you want to read the rest of this legal 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.. Ed.]

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Servamus - February 2021

COVID-19 affects almost every facet of people’s lives and nobody has been left untouched.
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Pollex - February 2021

Introduction Amendments to the Private Security Industry Regulations, 2002 as published in Government Gazette No 23120 dated 14 February 2002 (“the 2002 Regulations”) are published on p966 to p985 of Part 8 of Government Gazette No 43495 dated 3 July 2020.
Read More - S v Lungisa (696/2019) [2020] ZASCA 99 (9 September 2020) (SCA)
Mr Andile Lungisa, the accused, was convicted on 17 April 2018 before the magistrate’s court, Port Elizabeth (“the trial court”) on a charge of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Letters - February 2021

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