• 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 Internet has opened up massive communication and business opportunities to billions of people across the globe. The expansion of Internet access has also resulted in a subsequent growth of online markets. This means that the Internet is the world’s biggest marketplace which is open for business 24/7, has no boundaries, is largely unregulated, is free and mostly anonymous (IFAW, 2014). This provides easy opportunities for any criminal activity including the multibillion-dollar illegal wildlife trade which is gaining ground on the Internet.

The UK and South Africa working together to tackle a global threat to make citizens safer online

By Victoria White, First Secretary (Cyber), British High Commission Pretoria and Peter Goodman, Strategic Advisor to the UK Digital Access Programme

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. With these great opportunities we must all be alive to the threat that accompanies it, namely cybercrime. Much like the coronavirus, cybercrime does not recognise or respect geographical borders which it is why it is crucial that countries work together to tackle it, but also to learn from one another. The Transnet attack on the Port of Durban during July 2021 is a stark and shocking reminder of the havoc a cyberattack can wreak on a piece of critical national infrastructure with huge ramifications for the economy. These crimes are not victimless - they cause real harm to people and businesses which are often profound and lasting.

Compiled by Kotie Geldenhuys

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. Transnet is one of many companies and organisations in South Africa that have fallen victim to cyberhackers who use ransomware to steal data in exchange for large sums of money.

By Annalise Kempen

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. In the physical world, it would refer to physical evidence such as fingerprints, bullets or blood (https://www.eviscan.com/en/locards-exchange-principle/). The question is whether forensic experts will be able to apply the same principle to the digital world to find digital or electronic evidence.

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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