SEE BELOW HOW TO DO THE AFFIDAVIT AND HAVE IT STAMPED AT THE MIDRAND POLICE STATION
Affidavits may be in any format on condition that it complies with the standards required per definition in order for it to be acceptable to court.
1. An affidavit;
1.1 is a, usually written in the first person, individualised, voluntarily statement of fact made by a person (deponent) about an incident/matter and how he/she experienced the incident and/or witnessed the incident, under oath and/or affirmation that it is the truth. If more than one person experienced and/or witnessed a particular incident/matter each must make his/her own individualised, voluntarily statement of fact under oath and/or affirmation that it is the truth.
Deponent (a person who makes a statement and signs it under oath)
1.2 must be sworn and/or affirmed as being the truth and the deponent must sign in the presence of a person duly authorized in this capacity by law, whom is to certify in terms of the Regulations Governing the Administering of an Oath or Affirmation, R 1258 of 21 July 1972 as Amended, that the deponent has acknowledged that he/she understands the contents of the statement, has no objection in taking the prescribed oath and/or affirmation, and considers the prescribed oath and/or affirmation binding on his/her conscience.
This serves as evidence to the statement’s authenticity and is required for legal action and court proceedings.
2. An Affidavit must;
2.1 identify the individual making the statement (deponent).
2.2 affirm where he/she resides.
2.3.3 what happened
2.3.4 and how it effects and/or has impact on the deponent and what led up to the statement.
2.4 be to the point about the incident and facts related to it and verification thereof.
2.5 refer to and identify supporting evidence affixed, if any.
2.6 be signed by the deponent in the presence of the authorised person certifying that he/she acknowledges the content of the statement to be accurate and the truth and that he/she considers the prescribed oath and/or affirmation binding to his/her conscience.
3. An Affidavit may not;
3.1 be addressed to a specific person.
3.2 address unrelated incidents.
3.3 make assumptions or reflect hearsay as fact.
3.4 make demands.
3.5 be on behalf of a group of people.
4. By signing the affidavit, the subject is making an oath of honesty. All facts within the document must be true. If they are found to be false, the person making the statement may be punishable by law and/or guilty of contempt of Court.