• The “art” scene is not safe from infiltration by organised criminal groups that have no regard for the real value of these collector’s items. Read Servamus’s article from p39 about how art and cultural artifacts are traded for a range of illegal commodities, including firearms and drugs.

  • Servamus subscribers stand the chance of winning a BYRNA Less-lethal firearm (no need for permits). Turn to p31 of Servamus: December 2020 to find out what you need to do to win this awesome prize worth R7500!

  • Corruption ensures a flourishing illegal wildlife trade. Read the article published in Servamus: December 2020 from p26 to read about the drivers for this type of crime.

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- Pretorius and Others v Minister of Justice and Correctional Services and Others 2018 (2) SACR 501 (GP)

Three applicants, who are all members of the same family, were involved in this application before the High Court in Pretoria. All three are incarcerated as sentenced offenders in the Zonderwater Correctional Centre near Cullinan in Gauteng. All three were convicted of serious charges ranging from high treason to conspiracy to commit murder. They have all been sentenced to long periods of incarceration of between 20 and 30 years.

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- S V M 2018 (2) SACR 573 (SCA)

Relevant legislation
Section 194 of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 (“the CPA”) provides as follows:

“194. Incompetency due to state of mind

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- Rautenbach v Minister of Safety and Security (nowadays called the Minister of Police) 2017 (2) SACR 610 (WCC)

Introduction
Mr Rautenbach instituted civil action for damages in the sum of R346 750 against the Minister of Police before the High Court in Cape Town arising from Mr Rautenbach’s alleged unlawful arrest and detention at the local police station in Mossel Bay*.

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- S V Kruse 2018 (2) SACR 644 (WCC)

Mr Kruse, the accused, is deaf and mute (Afrikaans: “doofstom”). He was convicted in the Wynberg regional court in the Cape Peninsula (“the trial court”) of the murder of the late Nashief Davids which took place at Eastridge in Mitchells Plain. The accused was 62 years old at the time of his trial.

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Servamus - December 2020

The term "organised crime" is associated with crimes involving "big money": cash-in-transit robberies, smuggling of precious metals and stones, smuggling of wildlife and animal parts, drug trafficking, cross-border vehicle crime and money laundering, to name a few.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
The concept of organised crime often evokes images of mafia- like figures and secret societies involved in drug trafficking and murder.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
The use of excessive force by law enforcers across the world is not uncommon.
By Prof André Buys
Since the Czech fugitive, Radovan Krejcir, entered South Africa with a false passport in 2007, the bodies of people associated with him have been piling up.
By Kotie Geldenhuys

Pollex - December 2020

Pollex also discussed the following court cases in Servamus: December 2020.
Read More - S v Mathekga and Another (Case no 717/2019) [2020] ZA SCA 77 (30 June 2020) (SCA)
Introduction This is a regrettable and most unfortunate case in which police officials shot and killed one of their own colleagues, and shot and wounded another.

Letters - December 2020

NAME: W/O L H Zandberg STATION: Pretoria Central SAPS
Congratulations are in order for Lt-Col Marli Strydom from the Northern Cape who was awarded a bronze certificate during the sixth annual National Batho Pele Excellence Awards 2020. The ceremony was held on 30 October 2020 in Boksburg.
December Magazine Cover

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