• Specialised courts: Criminal and civil cases are often referred to “other types” of courts – ie maintenance or commercial crime courts. Since the multitude of courts can be very confusing, we elaborate on these courts and their functions in the March 2017 issue of SERVAMUS.

  • Each year the SAPS rewards excellence at the National Excellence Awards. In the March 2017 issue of Servamus you can read more about the winners and why they walked away with the trophies. Congratulations to each finalist and winner!

  • South Africa’s top police dogs and their handlers were selected and awarded during the National K9 Championships held in Port Elizabeth – we brag with them in the March 2017 issue of Servamus.

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Servamus - March 2017

There is no doubt that the successful prosecution of an accused person depends not only strongly on evidence, but also on a good working relationship between the investigating officer and the prosecutor, which will contribute to building a strong case.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Investigating crime can be compared to assembling a jigsaw puzzle.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Throughout the years of reading about and attending National Police Day events hosted each year on 27 January, I always thought to myself that this is the ideal day to reward and recognise those police members who are "true to the blue".
By Annalise Kempen
In the early morning hours of a clear summer's day, a group of grass cutters stumble across the semi-naked body of a woman in the long grass.
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - March 2017

Read More - S v de Jager and Others 2016 (2) SACR 716 (ECG)
Three accused persons were convicted of culpable homicide in the Uitenhage regional court in the Eastern Cape Province (“the trial court”).
Read More - Dlamini v Minister for Safety and Security (currently called the Minister of Police) 2016 (2) SACR 655 (GJ)
The plaintiff in this matter, Mr Dlamini, is an attorney who instituted a civil action for damages against the Minister of Police (formerly called the Minister of Safety and Security) before a single judge of the High Court in Johannesburg, for alleged unlawful arrest and detention.
Read More CASE NO 48/2014 DATED 10 NOVEMBER 2015 (ECG)
The plaintiff (Afrikaans: “eiser”), Mr Mabhuti Madze, was arrested without a warrant on Thursday 20 June 2013 by Sgt Phakamile Matomela. Madze was taken to court on Monday 24 June 2013 (the first court day in terms of section 50(2) of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 [the CPA]).

Letters - March 2017

I registered my Magister Technologiae: Forensic Investigation at Unisa and graduated on 29 September 2016. The title of my dissertation was: "The value of the first report statement in the investigation of rape." The study is concerned with how the first report statement must be obtained from the first report witness during the investigation of rape cases.
At Servamus we are always curious as to where someone has heard about the magazine or why they decided they should subscribe.
I am looking to make contact with members who served in the railway police in Cape Town during the 1980s.
March 2017 Magazine Cover

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