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Volume 110, Issue 4, 2017
Source: Servamus Community-based Safety and Security Magazine 110, pp 2 –2 (2017)More Less
The concept of the Criminal Justice System often seems overwhelming to the public - resulting in them being unsure of what it entails and its impact on the daily lives of the average citizen. That is one of the reasons why we have published a series of articles relating to the Criminal Justice System in the March and April 2017 issues of Servamus. These articles include an article about the different courts and their functions and that courts play a role in both criminal and civil cases.
Source: Servamus Community-based Safety and Security Magazine 110, pp 10 –13 (2017)More Less
Have you ever thought that South African investigative standards or investigators are not on par with international standards? Think again. An operation entitled Scams R Us is an excellent example of how the South African authorities have contributed to justice being served across borders.
Source: Servamus Community-based Safety and Security Magazine 110, pp 14 –21 (2017)More Less
South African prisons are deemed to be the most overcrowded correctional facilities in Africa due to their inadequate capacity to safely and securely house the number of offenders in the country. The prison system in post-1994 South Africa has been characterised by a range of persistent challenges such as corruption and gross human rights violations. While the Constitution now places radically different demands on the prison system, there are still a lot of problems which include the problems associated with the overcrowding of South Africa's more than 240 prisons.
Source: Servamus Community-based Safety and Security Magazine 110, pp 22 –27 (2017)More Less
In his book The Choice - the Gayton McKenzie story, the controversial former gangster who eventually exposed corruption in the Grootvlei Correctional Centre, Gayton McKenzie, writes the following: “As a robber you’re always lying to yourself and saying, ‘this is my last one’. You think, I’ll invest the money, spend it frugally, but invariably once you have the money, something else comes along. Your friends describe the next job as a piece of cake … You never think this will be one too many, the one that will finally sink you, like a golf ball that’s been hit all over the course, but eventually reaches its hole. I have been arrested and faced the judge … 16 times…”
Source: Servamus Community-based Safety and Security Magazine 110, pp 28 –32 (2017)More Less
The causes of crime are complex. We accept that poverty, domestic abuse, low self-esteem, and alcohol and drug abuse are all connected in explaining why people commit crimes. Yet, these factors do not offer a comprehensive explanation of exactly why some people resort to crime. The reasons why people commit crimes are as unique and varied as the individuals who commit them.
Source: Servamus Community-based Safety and Security Magazine 110, pp 33 –37 (2017)More Less
Johannes* works as a gardener and buys a new washing machine at a well-known furniture store. He is being charged R17 955 for a twin tub washing machine, of which the cash price would have been R5999. The cost of insurance alone is almost equal to the price of the washing machine. The contract, which is in Afrikaans and which Johannes has difficulty understanding, apparently shows a double charge of R2052 and R3785 for exactly the same insurance - the only difference is the wording, which states "monthly payment for customer protection insurance" and "protection insurance for clients, payable monthly" respectively. When Johannes's employer, Mr Van Staden*, realises that Johannes is probably being exploited, he takes up the fight on his behalf. "He was told by the store salesman it would cost him R498 per month for 36 months, where he had to sign, but even after they delivered the washing machine to him, he still did not receive a copy of the contract. He had to phone again to insist on it, and finally received his copy of the contract. He had not read or understood the contract and the various amounts properly. It's pages and pages of small print," says Mr Van Staden.
Source: Servamus Community-based Safety and Security Magazine 110, pp 46 –49 (2017)More Less
Millions of South Africans are in the very real position that if they ever had a brush with the law or needed someone to stand up for their rights in a court of law, they would not be able to afford a lawyer. In a democratic state, where we boast one of the best constitutions in the world and have a Bill of Rights, the question we're asking is whether any alternatives are available for the most vulnerable people to access justice.
Source: Servamus Community-based Safety and Security Magazine 110, pp 50 –51 (2017)More Less
Have you ever wondered what happened to all the postgraduate theses and dissertations that have been written, especially in the field of criminology and policing? It often seems that the student, his/her study leader and a few select others are the only people who have access to such research - research findings which could have added value to organisations such as the SAPS. Fortunately, it seems that this situation will change in future.
Source: Servamus Community-based Safety and Security Magazine 110, pp 52 –54 (2017)More Less
When we hear about criminal cases that were solved through DNA linkage or analyses, fingerprint matching, ballistic evidence and the application of the many other forensic processes, we tend to think about the TV-series CSI. But what is portrayed in television series like these is far from realistic – crimes are not solved within 30 minutes! Collecting and analysing forensic evidence is a time-consuming task which requires specific skills and knowledge.
Source: Servamus Community-based Safety and Security Magazine 110, pp 56 –57 (2017)More Less
Imagine this scenario: your company is about to make a few new appointments, such as in the financial department; you need a personal assistant and there's a position for a new regional manager. Having had to subject a few staff members to disciplinary hearings in the recent past, you wonder: how should you go about determining whether what the applicants say about themselves is the truth, and whether their behaviour will pose any risks to your company?
Source: Servamus Community-based Safety and Security Magazine 110, pp 58 –58 (2017)More Less
The Criminal Justice System (CJS) in South Africa often bears the brunt of many a scathing remark, mainly because many South Africans have lost faith in the system, at least to a certain degree. There are times when the system enters the limelight, such as during the Oscar Pistorius trial, but for the most part it does not play a major part in the daily lives of the general public. Our politicians and leaders seem to have a knack for finding their way, controversially, into the workings of the justice system, and if nothing else, this provides the average South African with something to talk about.
Author A. MoopeloaSource: Servamus Community-based Safety and Security Magazine 110, pp 59 –59 (2017)More Less
On 10 February 2017, policewomen from Sedibeng, social workers from the Sedibeng Cluster and other private motivational speakers gathered in Tshepisong/Mafatsana, located next to Evaton Police Station. Their aim was simple, yet important, namely: to be motivated and developed by one another.
Source: Servamus Community-based Safety and Security Magazine 110, pp 59 –59 (2017)More Less
Santam recently made insurance industry history after the Ethics Institute recognised its efforts in curbing fraud and misconduct in the workplace. This happened as the Santam fraud line was awarded a certificate of assurance based on international fraud line best practice standards.
Source: Servamus Community-based Safety and Security Magazine 110, pp 60 –61 (2017)More Less
On 3 March 2017, the Minister of Police, Nathi Nhleko, released the crime statistics for the period from April 2016 to December 2016 to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Police. This followed government's promise in June 2016 that crime statistics would be released in future on a more regular basis. Although this step of releasing the statistics more regularly was widely welcomed, an accurate picture can only be sketched if the statistics are compared to a corresponding period.
Author Ashref IsmailSource: Servamus Community-based Safety and Security Magazine 110, pp 62 –63 (2017)More Less
In South Africa, up to 45 people are killed daily as a result of road crashes. Many of these crashes are a result of driving at a speed that is too high for circumstances, the abuse of alcohol by drivers and pedestrians, dangerous overtaking and driving unroadworthy vehicles. One cause that is not listed here is distracted driving, and that is only because there is no empirical evidence to indicate how many crashes in the country are caused by inattentive driving.
Author Dirk LambrechtsSource: Servamus Community-based Safety and Security Magazine 110, pp 64 –67 (2017)More Less
Sisonke Macakathi v Minister of Police unreported case No 1352/2012 dated 7 October 2015 (ECG)
Again Section 212 of the CPA: Certificates and/or Affidavits in Drunken Driving-related Cases - S V Eke 2016 (1) SACR 135 (ECG)
Performing Animals Protection Amendment Act 4 of 2016