• 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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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.

Cybercrime is an evolving threat that is growing in complexity. It spans state and state-sponsored actors, serious organised crime groups and criminals see-king to profit by defrauding citizens and businesses online.

In May 2021, Dominic Raab, the UK Foreign Secretary and Dr Naledi Pandor, South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, agreed that the UK and South Africa should foster a closer partnership which included working together to tackle cybercrime. Through the UK’s flagship Digital Access Programme (cybilportal.org), the UK plans to build capacity, teach and share investigative techniques and capability with the South African Police Service (SAPS) and Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI). But, most importantly it wishes to learn from the mistakes that the UK has made along the way so that South Africa can benefit from this shared knowledge as it begins the task of operationalising the Cybercrimes Act 19 of 2020.

Peter Goodman, the United Kingdom’s ex-National Chief Lead on Cybercrime for law enforcement, outlines the UK journey to building the cybercrime fighting capability that it now has, and encourages South Africa to learn from some of the mistakes the UK made along the way. “It was a marathon and a war of attrition, this work does not happen overnight but with clear strategic vision and using international best practise, South Africa can achieve a credible cybercrime fighting capability,” he said.

The UK’s cyber journey
The UK’s journey began in 2010 when cybercrime was established as a Tier One National Security Threat. As such, it became a standing agenda item at the National Security Council chaired by the Prime Minister; this, in turn, meant that UK law enforcement would have access to some of the resources and funding required to tackle their greatest national security threats (https://www.gov.uk/government/groups/national-security-council). In 2011, the UK published its first ever National Cyber Security Strategy (UK Cabinet Office, 2011). This was the first time that cybercrime featured as part of any UK national strategy. The response to cybercrime was focused around the same four “Ps” that had underpinned the counter-terrorism (CONTEST) strategy, namely Pursue, Prevent, Protect, Prepare (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/counter-terrorism-strategy-contest).

This led to the UK’s first mistake as UK law enforcement looked at the threat of cybercrime in its purest sense as a cyber-dependent crime, namely a computer required to attack other computers.

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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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