• Extreme weather has led to more frequent flooding. Our article published from p27 in Servamus: January 2022 look at which emergency services are involved during such disasters and give tips to stay safe.

  • Large parts of South Africa have suffered a severe drought for more than 6 years. Our article published from p30 in Servamus: January 2022 look at the impact of droughts on our lives; diseases during droughts and provide tips to save water.

  • Do you know what to do in case of a hazmat incident or vehicle crash? We provide valuable tips on what to do in such cases in our article published from p37 in Servamus: January 2022.

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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 - January 2021

In Servamus: December 2021, I discussed how the killing or injuring of a human being may be justified in terms of our common law.
By Adv John I Welch
For many South Africans the word “disaster” became a reality in March 2020 when the President of the country, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation in the first of many “family meetings” to follow when he announced the country’s first lockdown.
By Annalise Kempen
Natural disasters, such as earthquakes, fires, floods and hurricanes are damaging events that change the lives of people within no time.
By Kotie Geldenhuys
Each year during the dry season, which for the largest part of the country is the winter months, authorities warn us about our behaviour about making fire.
By Annalise Kempen

Pollex - January 2022

- S v Tilayi appeal case no: CA 22/2020 High Court Mthatha dated 9 March 2021 and 2021 (2) SACR 350 (ECM)
Mr Mbiyozo Zanodumo Tilayi, the accused, was convicted during a summary trial before the High Court in Mthatha (“the trial court”) of the following offences:
Read More - Messrs (1) Sechaba Seloana; (2) Mmuso Seloana; and (3) Abraham Itumeleng Popa v (1) The Director of Public Prosecutions [for the Free State Province] [DPP]; (2) National Director of Public Prosecutions [NDPP]; and (3) the Presiding Magistrate in the Welkom District Magistrates’ Court case no: 4019/2020 High Court Bloemfontein dated 24 August 2021 (FB)
Relevant, applicable legal provisions Section 75 of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 (“the CPA”) provides as follows:

Letters - January 2022

NAME: W/O L Zandberg STATION: Pretoria Central Magistrates’ Court
During October 2021, my husband and I were on holiday but got stranded 10 km before Jansenville in the Eastern Cape with flat tyres.
January Magazine Cover

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