• Too many street children resort to sniffing glue to help them to forget about the pain, cold and even abuse they have to suffer. We explore their world in an article featured in Servamus: May 2021.

  • The reality about the persistent demand for babies due to people who cannot have their own, has resulted in a market for “human fertility”. We explore this shocking reality in the May 2021 issue of Servamus.

  • Perfect parents do not exist, but parents can be guided in doing their best to help their children to grow up to become responsible and law-abiding citizens. In the May 2021 issue of Servamus we provide our readers with a parenting guide.

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By Kotie Geldenhuys
Photos courtesy of SARS

Buying a vehicle is one of the biggest, most expensive and most important purchases many consumers will ever make. This is a very daunting experience and therefore it is important that potential buyers take the time to do their homework before making the purchase. This can save the buyer a lot of inconvenience and money. Consumers in the market for second-hand vehicles should be on high alert for unscrupulous sellers who are ready to pounce on their hard-earned cash and take them for a ride by selling an illegally imported vehicle at a “good” price.

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By Kotie Geldenhuys

In recent years South African roads have become battlefields where trucks are torched and truck drivers have to fight for their lives. Apart from truck hijackings where trucks, trailers and cargo are targeted, truck drivers also have to deal with service delivery protests when trucks are attacked and destroyed, as well as cases where foreign truck drivers are the targets of vigilante groups. Sadly, this often results in the ultimate loss of people's lives.

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By Kotie Geldenhuys

Since the South African railway system is currently in shambles, our road network is the lifeline of the transport system. A major truck route is the N3 which runs between Durban, which has the busiest port in the country, and Gauteng. More than 80% of goods are transported by road and almost 50% of all these goods are transported along the N3 (Carte Blanche, 2019). The road freight sector in South Africa is a major contributor to the local economy and includes anything from owner-run small trucks, to a fleet of transport vehicles that travel the length and breadth of South African roads (FDK Transport, 2019). The negative part of transporting cargo by road is the increase in truck hijacking incidents which we have witnessed in recent years.

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Compiled by Annalise Kempen

When times are tough, people are looking for bargains including finding an affordable, reliable second-hand vehicle. In as much as we believe that online searches can help us to save time and money when we are looking for a vehicle, criminals are taking advantage of the use of technology by posting the “best and most affordable deals ever” while waiting for their next victim to contact them.

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Servamus - May 2021

This tweet left me with much to think about: “So my 8 year old met the guy in my life for the first time and he asked him for permission to call him dad.
By Annalise Kempen
South Africa is not only one of the countries with the highest crime rates in the world, but also with the highest rate of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) globally.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
In April 2021, a video showing a Grade 10 learner being bullied in full view of her peers at a secondary school in Limpopo, went viral on social media.
By Sas Otto
Infertility or the desire to have a child has resulted in many babies ending up as commodities for sale on the black market.
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - May 2021

Read More - Doorewaard and Another v the State (Case No 908/2019) [2020] ZASCA 155 (27 November 2020) and 2021(1) SACR 235 (SCA
ntroduction Mr Pieter Doorewaard (accused 1) and Mr Philip Schutte (accused 2) were convicted before the High Court in Mahikeng in the North West Province (“the trial court”) on five counts, namely murder; kidnapping; intimidation; theft and illegal pointing of a firearm.
Read More - S v Lekeka 2021 (1) SACR 106 (FB)
Mr Molefe Edward Lekeka, the accused, was convicted by the regional court in Bethlehem in the Free State (“the trial court”), of count 1, housebreaking with intent to contravene section 3 of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act 32 of 2007 (hereinafter referred to as Act 32 of 2007), and count 2, contravening section 55(a) of Act 32 of 2007.
Read More - amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism NPC* and Another v Minister of Justice and Correctional Services and Others; Minister of Police v amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism NPC* and Others CCT 278/19 AND CCT 279/19 dated 4 February 2021 Constitutional Court (CC)
The applicants, namely amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism NPC* and Mr Stephen Sole - a journalist who had been the subject of state surveillance* - approached the High Court in Pretoria (“the High Court”) on the basis of a number of constitutional challenges to the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-related Information Act 70 of 2002 (hereinafter referred to as “RICA”)*.

Letters - May 2021

I endorse the sentiments of Jay Jugwanth about the absence of the Police Minister and MEC at the home of Sgt Paul.
On 11 March 2021, a closely-knit family was robbed of its nucleus, D/Sgt Jeremy Paul, who was ambushed and murdered while tracing a suspected in Swapo, an informal settlement in Pietermaritzburg.
Losing Louis has been very difficult for both myself, my sons, Jordan aged 14 and Jared aged 12. Louis contracted Covid-19 at the beginning of December 2020, and became too weak to fight anymore.
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