• Do you know about the different types of spyware, its dangers and how you can protect yourself? The article published from p15 in Servamus: October 2021, will provide readers with valuable information about this dangerous software.

  • Along with family and colleagues, Servamus pays tribute to police members who have lost their lives in the line of duty – and to COVID-19. Our article published from p44 in Servamus: October 2021 reminds readers about the dangers our members face each day.

  • The Cybercrimes Act 19 of 2020 has been promulgated and will soon come into operation. Our legal discussion will help readers to understand this new legislation and is published from p22 in Servamus: October 2021.

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Compiled by Kotie Geldenhuys
Photos by Jordy Meow; and Mattia Ascenzo on Unsplash

At the end of Congo's factional war in 2004, soldiers attacked the village where 16-year-old Mukuninwa lived. They tortured and killed the men of the village, while the women's clothes were stripped from their bodies. Their arms and legs were staked to the ground and as the soldiers passed, they raped the women. Some of the women were also sexually assaulted with sticks and rifle barrels. The pain these women endured was so intense that some of them passed out. But the soldiers were quick to revive them with buckets of water. Mukuninwa is unsure about how many men raped her during captivity (Baker, 2016).

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By Kotie Geldenhuys
Photos by Ashraf Hendricks/GroundUp

Violence is the one term with which the majority of South Africans are not only familiar, but also an act which many have experienced and/or are still experiencing. The most recent Gallup Law and Order Index, listed South Africa as the fifth most violent country out of 144 countries which were covered in their survey (BusinessTech, 2020), while the Global Peace Index 2020 lists South Africa in position 123 out of 163 countries (IEP, 2020). And sadly, it is hard to disagree with both these indexes as the SAPS's annual crime statistics for the 2019/2020 report period confirm that violent crimes such as murder, assault and sexual offences are on the increase (SAPS, 2020). Our country is plagued by high levels of violent crime which have a negative impact on people's livelihood and our economy.

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By Kotie Geldenhuys;

Adv William Booth, one of the top criminal defence lawyers in Cape Town, was the target of a man who shot at him on the morning of 9 April 2020. Adv Booth had become known for representing alleged underworld figures such as Mark Lifman and André Naudé. Fortunately for him, the hitman missed and fled the scene. Not long after the incident, three members of the Terrible West Siders (TWS) gang, which operates in the Woodstock area, were arrested for the attempted murder. In their plea and sentencing agreement, the three claimed that the leader of the TWS, who is currently incarcerated, instructed Ebrahim Deare and Riyaad Gesant via Kauthar Brown to arrange a “hit” on Adv Booth at his home. The trio met and planned their hit but for three consecutive days, they were unsuccessful in carrying it out. The incarcerated gang leader became impatient and on the night of 8 April 2020, he contacted the duo and instructed them to carry out the murder the following day. On 9 April 2020, Ebrahim Deare and Riyaad Gesant were dropped off close to the home of Adv Booth. When he entered his garage with his dogs, Ebrahim Deare, who was in possession of a fully loaded revolver, ran towards him and fired five shots at Adv Booth.

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By Annalise Kempen

On 11 September this year, the 20th anniversary of one of the most tragic days in American history will be observed. Many of us can remember where we were or what we were doing when we saw the images of two airplanes flying into the Twin Towers in New York on 11 September 2001. It is as if those images are somehow imprinted into our minds, resulting in shock, disgust and goosebumps of how something so abnormal and unimaginable could have happened. The events of that day have changed many lives drastically and resulted in a renewed focus to deal with terrorist organisations that want to intimidate a population or compel a government or an international organisation to do or to abstain from doing any act (UNODC, 2004).

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Servamus - October 2021

The Internet has opened up massive communication and business opportunities to billions of people across the globe.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Cyberspace continues to revolutionise the way we all live, work and play and with it comes great opportunity for economic prosperity, job creation and technological innovation to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges such as tackling COVID-19, which has been a shared challenge across the world.
By Victoria White, First Secretary (Cyber), British High Commission Pretoria and Peter Goodman, Strategic Advisor to the UK Digital Access Programme
As if the protests and looting in KwaZulu-Natal in July 2021 were not enough to paralyse port operations in Durban for more than a week, Transnet, which is responsible for handling the commercial sea route, was also targeted on 22 July 2021 with a strain of ransomware.
Compiled by Kotie Geldenhuys
Whenever the term “forensics” is used, one is reminded about the Locard exchange principle of “every contact leaves a trace” which states that no perpetrator can leave a crime scene without leaving some trace.
By Annalise Kempen

Pollex - October 2021

Background On 31 March 2017, Mr Nolan van Schalkwyk, the accused, and another man (hereinafter referred to as “the second assailant”) attempted to rob the complainant, who was walking towards the Rentech Station in the Belhar area in the Cape Peninsula at around 06:15, while on his way to work. It was still completely dark.
Relevant law Section 86 of the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act 25 of 2002 (hereinafter referred to as “the ECT Act”) provides as follows:

Letters - October 2021

It’s with great pleasure that I write this e-mail to you.
“GUN FREE SOUTH AFRICA welcomes draft Firearms Control Amendment Bill” When I receive Servamus in the post, at the first opportunity, I remove the wrapping and scan through the contents. Typically, the in-depth reading would take place later.
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