• In what ways did the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic impact on the illegal drug trade? We explore how traders changed their modi operandi in an article published from p14 in Servamus: June 2022.

  • Dogs are known for their excellent sense of smell. Read our article published from p30 in Servamus: June 2022 about how a South African company has trained dogs to also detect COVID-19.

  • The floods of April 2022 caused havoc and death in KwaZulu-Natal. Fortunately, hundreds of search and rescue specialists used their skills to help search for those who were in need. Refer to an article published from p36 in Servamus: June 2022.

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The “DNA Act” supra was comprehensively discussed in Servamus: April 2014.

In Servamus: March 2015 Pollex reported that this entire “DNA Act” came into operation on 31 January 2015, with the exception of section 2 to the extent that it inserts a “new” section 36D(1) into the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 (“the CPA”).

According to Government Gazette No 45739 dated 13 January 2022, the said section 2 of the “DNA Act” supra which inserts a “new” section 36D(1) into the CPA, came into operation on 31 January 2022.

For ease of reference, the “new” section 36D(1) of the CPA provides as follows:

“Powers in respect of buccal samples, bodily samples and crime scene samples

36D.(1) Subject to section 36A(5) [of the CPA], an authorised person must -

(a) take a buccal sample; or

(b) cause the taking of any other bodily sample by a registered medical practitioner or registered nurse defined in the National Health Act, of any person -

(i) after arrest but before appearance in court to be formally charged for any offence referred to in Schedule 8 [of the CPA];

(ii) released on bail in respect of any offence referred to in Schedule 8, if a buccal sample or a bodily sample of that person was not taken upon his or her arrest;

(iii) upon whom a summons has been served in respect of any offence referred to in Schedule 8;

(iv) whose name appears on the National Register for Sex Offenders; or

(v) charged or convicted by a court in respect of any offence, which the Minister [of Justice] has by notice in the Gazette, and after notification of Parliament, declared to be an offence for the purposes of this subsection [1].”

(Words in square brackets inserted by Pollex.)


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Servamus - June 2022

According to the World Drug Report for 2021, as released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), drug use resulted in the deaths of almost half a million people in 2019 (UNODC, 2021).
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In December 2011, 38-year-old Janice Bronwyn Linden from Durban was executed in China.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
WhatsApp and Telegram have become popular tools to send messages quickly and at almost no cost.
By Annalise Kempen
We all know someone who has been struggling with an addiction - ranging from prescription medication to illegal drugs, alcohol to gambling or even shopping.
Compiled by Annalise Kempen

Pollex - June 2022

Section 304(4) of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 (“the CPA”) provides as follows:
Read More - S v Essop (Case no 432/2020) [2021] ZASCA 66 (1 June 2021) (SCA)
Mr Aadiel Essop, the accused, pleaded guilty before the regional court (“the trial court”) on 45 counts of contravening section 24B(1)(a) of the Films and Publications Act 65 of 1996 (hereinafter referred to as the “Publications Act”), as well as one count of common law kidnapping (Afrikaans: “gemenereg menseroof”).
Read More - Minister of Justice (First Appellant) and Minister of Police (Second Appellant) v Masia 2021 (2) SACR 425 (GP)
Picture the following: On 6 August 2013, Mr Thabo Toka Mack Masia (hereinafter referred to as “Masia”) presented himself by appointment at the Atteridgeville Magistrates’ Court in Pretoria before a maintenance (“papgeld”) officer for an enquiry in terms of the Maintenance Act 99 of 1998 pertaining to the maintenance of his minor child.
Read More - S v Albro Mclean. Case no: (A112/21) [2021] ZAWCHC158 High Court Cape Town dated 12 August 2021 and 2021(2) SACR 437 (WCC)
Mr Albro Mclean, the accused, was convicted of rape in the Wynberg regional court in the Cape Peninsula whereupon he was sentenced to life incarceration.

Letters - June 2022

On Monday 9 May 2022, the National Commissioner of the SAPS, Gen Fannie Masemola along with members of his management team conducted a site visit at the joint operational centre (JOC) for search and rescue teams at the Virginia Airport in Durban.
Saturday 14 May 2022 was to be yet another day of search, rescue and recovery operations in the disaster areas of KwaZulu-Natal following the flood devastation a few weeks earlier.
June Magazine Cover

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