• SABRIC recently released its annual banking crime statistics. We inform you about the banking-related crimes that increased and decreased so that you can mitigate the risks. Read the article published in Servamus: August 2020 on p40 to p41.

  • Do you have a problem with gambling? We provide tips on how to identify if you have a problem; remind you about legal versus illegal gambling/betting and where to get help. Read the article published in Servamus: August 2020 on p50 to p53.

  • Chief Kenny Africa, also known as Mr 24-7 has served the road safety community for more than four decades. He retired on 31 July 2020. Read more about his passions, highlights and the message he has for young traffic officers in an article published in Servamus: August 2020 on p58 and p59.

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By Kotie Geldenhuys
Photos by Kabelo Mokoena and the Internet

It was a difficult start to the 2020 school year. In Gauteng, several learners had died in various tragic accidents. These included the drowning of Enoch Mpianzi from Park Town Boys High on 15 January 2020 at a school camp and the death of Laticia Jansen from Dukathole in Germiston on 22 January 2020. This young teenager was stranded as the departmental scholar transport had left earlier that morning than scheduled. This made her an easy target for her perpetrators who brutally raped and murdered her before setting her body alight. On 11 February 2020, Kelobogile Molopyane fell to his death from a second- floor balcony at Ferndale High School.

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May a public school be held liable when things go wrong?
By Annalise Kempen

When the news broke in January 2020 about a schoolboy who had drowned during a school orientation camp in North West, many parents were impacted by the fact that something similar could so easily happen to their own children. And yet, it is a sad fact that the 13-year-old Enoch Mpianzi, who drowned during a Parktown Boys High School orientation camp, was not the first school learner to have died while attending school or a school activity. In fact, by 6 March 2020, Enoch was one of 22 learners who had already died in the Gauteng province for the 2020 school year (Majavu, 2020). One of the other victims was a 14-year-old youth who was in Gr 10 at the Freedom Park Secondary School who was stabbed to death by a fellow learner.

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By Kotie Geldenhuys

It boggles one's mind when the innocence of a child meets the severity of a violent crime like murder. Yet, there are a number of cases in South Africa where children became brutal murderers. It included the case where learners from the Waterkloof Hoërskool, namely Reinach Tiedt, Gert van Schalkwyk, Christoff Becker and Frikkie du Preez, who were aged between 14 and 16 at the time, murdered a homeless man in a park in the east of Pretoria in December 2001. They later became known as the Waterkloof Four (Sosibo, 2014). Then there was the shocking incident that happened in April 2012, when 15-year-old Don Steenkamp murdered his mother, father and sister on their farm outside Griekwastad in the Northern Cape (Kwan Hoo, 2014). At the time when they committed their crimes, these murderers where minors and protected under the Child Justice Act 75 of 2008.

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By Annalise Kempen

Do you realise that bullying is a form of child abuse?
It is so serious that the legislature specifically mentions it in the Children’s Act 38 of 2005 where “abuse”, in relation to a child, means any form of harm or ill-treatment deliberately inflicted on a child, and includes bullying by another child.

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Servamus - August 2020

Over the last couple of years, far too many institutions and businesses in South Africa have taken on the unmistakable stench of moral rot. Corporate giants such as VBS Mutual Bank, Bosasa and Steinhoff have traded blue chip credibility for white-collar callousness.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
With tax season upon us, many people will again try not to pay the full share of what they owe the taxman in income taxes.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Let us be honest, many people have a love-hate relationship with insurance companies, often because they believe that they were not paid what was due to them after having submitted a claim.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
We all complain about the high costs of private healthcare and the monthly contributions we have to pay.
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - August 2020

Again the handing back of the firearm by the SAPS in a domestic violence-related relationship - S v N 2016 (2) SACR 436 (KZP);
Read More - S v Chinridze 2015 (1) SACR 364 (GP)
Introduction In terms of section 51, read together with Part I of Schedule 2 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 105 of 1997 (which provides for discretionary minimum sentences), an accused person who is convicted of rape in contravention of section 3 of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act 32 of 2007, and where the victim is, inter alia, a person under the age of 16 years or is a person who is mentally disabled as contemplated in section 1(1) of Act 32 of 2007, shall be sentenced to incarceration for life unless, of course, there are substantial and compelling circumstances which justify the imposition of a lesser sentence.
Read More - S v Mnguni 2014 (2) SACR 595 (GP)
Introduction According to section 1 of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act 32 of 2007, the phrase “person who is mentally disabled” means “a person affected by any mental disability, including any disorder or disability of the mind, to the extent that he or she, at the time of the alleged commission of the offence in question, was -
Read More - Mapodile v Minister of Correctional Services and Others 2016 (2) SACR 413 (GJ)
Mr Mapodile, the applicant in this matter, was serving a sentence in the Johannesburg Medium B Correctional Centre.

Letters - August 2020

Capt Aubrey Moopeloa, the corporate Communication Officer of Evaton SAPS, retired from the South African Police Service on 30 June 2020 after 32 years' service as a dedicated and loyal member.
I would like to suggest that, once COVID-19 is over, a plaque be made, dedicated to all SAPS members who faithfully executed their duties, in response to the call to duty, to serve and protect the people of South Africa during the global pandemic.
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