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SA Crimefighters Getting on the DNA Bandwagon

Reprinted from 2OceansVibe, by Tayla – 2021-11-05 A bill focused on making it easier to track and trace violent offenders in South Africa is up for processing. The Criminal Law Amendment Bill of 2021 was just approved for processing in … Continue reading

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Bills to curb gender-based violence ‘depend on implementation’

Reprinted from Sowetan Live, by Tankiso Makhetha – 2021-09-12 Victims’ families, activists say they have come too late for some While parliament adopted two bills aimed at curbing violence against women and children, families of victims who died at the … Continue reading

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7 tips if you are arrested

Being arrested is scary, but remember these 7 tips for arrest so you don’t make matters worse The first time you are arrested is a very frightening experience, particularly if you think you may have been wrongfully arrested. Unfortunately, this … Continue reading

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Caught driving under the influence?

Don’t make your situation worse. Follow this advice.  The President recently announced a lessening of the lockdown burden, from Alert Level 3 to Alert Level 1. Although the outright alcohol ban was lifted a few weeks ago, we were still … Continue reading

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Admission of guilt

Admission of guilt

Should you sign an admission of guilt if you are accused of a crime? If you have been arrested for a minor offence – such as shoplifting – and you have been detained in custody, the arresting officer may give … Continue reading

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Cannabis Bill flawed by privacy and equality concerns

A Wits law student has studied the Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill, which aims to respect the right to privacy of an adult to cultivate a prescribed quantity of cannabis plants, to possess a prescribed quantity of cannabis, and to … Continue reading

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Refused bail? Why?

Refused bail in South Africa

Some of the grounds on which bail can be refused Arrest is a scary business. Even when someone does something they know to be illegal, they don’t expect to be arrested. Every criminal hopes to get away with the crime. … Continue reading

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High Court dismisses Brendin Horner murder accused’s bail bid

Reprinted from The Sowetan, by Linda Kea Moreotsene – 2020-12-19 Sekwetja Mahlamba (L) had brought an application to overturn the decision by Magistrate Deon van Rooyen to deny him bail in October, to the high court. Image: ANTONIO MUCHAVE/ SOWETAN   … Continue reading

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No, a traffic official can’t confiscate your expired driving licence card

Reprinted from News24, by Janine Van der Post – 2020-12-21 Helpful advice from Wheels24. Photo: Arrive Alive A very concerning question popped up in my mailbox several times this week from various readers about expired driving licence cards being confiscated … Continue reading

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Expungement of a criminal record – what is it?

Start fresh Anyone with a criminal record faces considerable obstacles in getting a job. This is the case even for minor offences, especially now that COVID-19 has hit the job market hard. However, if the conviction is 10 years old … Continue reading

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