• Extreme weather has led to more frequent flooding. Our article published from p27 in Servamus: January 2022 look at which emergency services are involved during such disasters and give tips to stay safe.

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  • Do you know what to do in case of a hazmat incident or vehicle crash? We provide valuable tips on what to do in such cases in our article published from p37 in Servamus: January 2022.

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By Annalise Kempen

"On Monday 1 November 2021 I hugged every member of my immediate family, us all in tears, as I said goodbye to board a flight. I was not going on vacation or taking a business trip, I was leaving South Africa for my safety. Concern for my safety had been growing since I blew the whistle on companies and individuals involved in state capture and testified before the Zondo Commission. Rather than diminish after I testified, these concerns increased while the prospect of prosecutions grew. After Babita Deokaran was assassinated, concerns spiked, because it showed that authorities were choosing not to proactively protect whistle-blowers." - Athol Williams (2021a).

What is wrong with our society when those who blow the whistle on corruption, fraud and maladministration are the ones who are being persecuted or even have to pay with their lives? What is wrong with our society that, instead of seeking justice and prosecuting the implicated ones, we try to find out whether or not the whistle-blowers are the ones trying to hide something instead of making them the heroes? The many State capture incidents that were revealed lately were mostly brought to the fore thanks to the bravery of whistle-blowers, and yet, these are the same people who have had their lives turned upside down, mostly in a negative way. It is clear that the price they have had to pay, made them ask whether it had been worth it.

When Babita Deokaran, a chief financial director at the Gauteng Health Department was shot several times by the occupants of a BMW motor vehicle in front of her Johannesburg home in August 2021, it elevated the plight of whistle-blowers to headlines. Six men have been arrested for Ms Deokaran's murder (Pheto, 2021). Ms Deokaran was a key witness in an investigation of the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) into the R330 million procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE) in that department which was allegedly irregularly awarded. Following her murder, Babita's brother-in-law, Pastor Tony Haripersadh told the media that she had allegedly alerted her family about "challenges at work" as she had uncovered some irregularities and corruption running into hundreds of millions. He told TimesLive that people were very unhappy because they got exposed whereafter her family had advised her to raise these issues with her managers. Following her murder, Gauteng's Premier, Mr David Makhura confirmed that Ms Deokaran had uncovered corruption and subsequently stopped the payment of irregular contracts in the Gauteng Health Department at various levels and that she had provided crucial evidence to disciplinary processes conducted by his office and in the SIU investigations (Pijoos, 2021 and Bhengu, 2021). A few days after the tragedy, the President of South Africa, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa (2021) wrote in his weekly letter to the nation on 30 August 2021, that Ms Deokaran's murder was a stark reminder of the high stakes involved in our collective quest to remove the cancer from our society. She "was a hero and a patriot. As are the legions of whistle-blowers who, at great risk to themselves, help to unearth instances of misdeeds, maladministration, cronyism and theft. The intent of the criminals who target whistle-blowers is not only to silence particular individuals - it is also to send a message to other potential whistle-blowers,” Mr Ramaphosa wrote. These heroes do so at great risk to themselves and their families.

Babita's murder may also have the subsequent consequence that those people who want to reveal information about misdeeds at their employer, will start to doubt that they would not meet the same fate. In future so many more potential whistle-blowers are likely to first ask themselves whether there was a possibility that they too would lose their lives, or whether Babita's murder was an isolated incident.

Two key events in South Africa over the past five years have given South Africa a glimpse into the scale of State capture. The first is former Public Prosecutor Adv Thuli Madonsela's State Capture report which was published in October 2016 and secondly, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo's Commission of Enquiry into State Capture.

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[This is only an extract of an article published in Servamus: December 2021. If you are interested in reading the rest of the article, send an e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out what you need to do. The article also focuses on the lonely road for whistle-blowers – and then relating a few whistle-blowers’ stories; the reality of insufficient legal protection for whistle-blowers; solutions to protect whistle-blowers and the importance of support for whistle-blowers. Ed.]

Servamus - January 2021

In Servamus: December 2021, I discussed how the killing or injuring of a human being may be justified in terms of our common law.
By Adv John I Welch
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By Annalise Kempen
Natural disasters, such as earthquakes, fires, floods and hurricanes are damaging events that change the lives of people within no time.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
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Pollex - January 2022

- S v Tilayi appeal case no: CA 22/2020 High Court Mthatha dated 9 March 2021 and 2021 (2) SACR 350 (ECM)
Mr Mbiyozo Zanodumo Tilayi, the accused, was convicted during a summary trial before the High Court in Mthatha (“the trial court”) of the following offences:
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Relevant, applicable legal provisions Section 75 of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 (“the CPA”) provides as follows:

Letters - January 2022

NAME: W/O L Zandberg STATION: Pretoria Central Magistrates’ Court
During October 2021, my husband and I were on holiday but got stranded 10 km before Jansenville in the Eastern Cape with flat tyres.
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