HOW TO SUBMIT INFORMATION TO THE SAVC RELATING TO TRANSGRESSIONS
Transgressions of the Veterinary and Paraveterinary act
These transgressions are investigated by the SAPS and followed up on a monthly basis by the Administration.
In order to facilitate the process the Administration usually requests complainants to furnish them with affidavits or original scripts.
However, even if complainants are not in a position to furnish Council with affidavits the matter will still be brought to the attention of the SAPS as it is their duty to investigate allegations of transgressions by lay persons and ensure compliance with the Act.
Delays are usually experienced when public prosecutors (at local level), either delay their decisions whether or not to institute prosecutions or decline to prosecute.
Where the Public prosecutor declines to prosecute a nolle prosequi certificate is requested which can only be issued by the regional Director of Public Prosecutions.
If a nolle prosequi certificate is issued the Council can still refer the matter to the National Director of Public Prosecutions to have the decision reviewed.
The effect of a nolle prosequi certificate is that a private prosecution can be instituted by Council; and
An independent investigation unit set up by Council will not be able to do anything more than an investigating officer from the SAPS in collecting evidence and members of such a Council unit will not have the statutory powers of SAPS members.
This article was published in the SAVC News Vol. No 33 June 2003