• Cellphones are valuable commodities in correctional centres as they enable inmates to keep in touch with their family and to keep their criminal networks active on the outside. Read the article published from p22 in Servamus: December 2021 to see how they get them into their cells.

  • Some people will do anything to get money – even murder their own family – like former Const Ndlovu. Our article published from p27 in Servamus: December 2021 deals with the realities of insurance fraud – especially in tough economic times.

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By Kotie Geldenhuys

The investigation of crime requires both experience and proficient detective work. The pointing-out of crime scenes by a suspect is an important part of the investigation and goes hand in hand with confessions and admission. The pointings-out of crime scenes happen when suspects are taken to an alleged crime scene to inform the police about what had happened.

By Kotie Geldenhuys

During court cases we often hear that an accused person has been sent for evaluation or observation to determine whether he or she is fit to stand trial. This is what happened in the various criminal trials of Oscar Pistorius, Joseph Ntshongwana, Diego Novella, Morné Harmse, Povlsen and many others. Although the accused in all the mentioned cases were found fit to stand trial, the outcome of the evaluation was different for many other accused persons.

By Kotie Geldenhuys

When a crime is committed, it is expected that the police will be able to solve the crime. Sadly, more than half of serious crimes in South Africa remain unsolved. According to the SAPS’s Annual Report for the 2019/2020 financial year, only 36.17% of suspects (751 720 from a total of 2 078 225) were detected in serious crimes such as murder, attempted murder and rape (SAPS, 2020). (Refer to article about Cold Cases published in Servamus: September 2021.) It is for this reason that the proper investigation of crime is of utmost importance to ensure that justice is served for every victim of crime.

Compiled by Kotie Geldenhuys

Many people think that once a suspect has made a confession, the investigation is complete, but they are wrong. The investigating officer still has to obtain the necessary evidence to prove the confession. In the Krugersdorp murder case (refer to the Crime Series published in Servamus: July, August and September 2020), Le Roux Steyn made a confession, but D/Capt Ben Booysen still had to investigate the crimes to obtain evidence to prove the confession so that it was admissible in court.

Servamus - December 2021

"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."
By Annalise Kempen
What guarantee do we have that when we enter a doctor's consulting room that the person wearing the stethoscope around their neck has really qualified as a medical practitioner?
Compiled by Annalise Kempen
In an ideal world, the community would pay serious attention to awareness campaigns to ensure that they mitigate their risk of falling victim to crime.
By Annalise Kempen
A topic that is seldom under discussion in higher education and academic circles is academic corruption and fraud.
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - December 2021

Read More - Minister of Police and NDPP v Mr Ranshaw Bagley, Case no: CA 18/2020, dated 11 May 2021, High Court Makhanda (Grahamstown) (ECG)
Picture the following scenario: Mr Ranshaw Bagley (hereinafter referred to as “Ranshaw”), who is a member of the South African Police Service (“the SAPS”) (rank unknown), is minding his own business on a Saturday morning at his house in MT Croix in Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth).
Read More - [Mr] DT v [Ms] BT 2021 (3) SACR 668 (FB)
Mr DT and Ms BT are husband and wife. Ms BT, however, absconded the marital home as the couple was involved in a hostile divorce at the time.
Relevant, applicable legal provisions Section 35 of the National Road Traffic Act 93 of 1996 (“the NRTA”), as amended by the National Road Traffic Amendment Act 64 of 2008, provides as stated infra. Note however that, in subsection (3) of section 35 the words that are highlighted, were inserted by means of the Amendment Act 64 of 2008, and that words in square brackets are inserted by Pollex:

Letters - December 2021

NAME: W/O L Zandberg STATION: Pretoria Central Magistrates’ Court
It is with a sad and heavy heart that we learnt of the sudden passing of our dear Sgt M Walter Nxumalo on 7 October 2021.
December Magazine Cover

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