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Core Areas Of Teaching And Research

As the name indicates the core areas of teaching in the department are criminal law and procedural law. Under procedural law the following areas of teaching are included: civil procedure, criminal procedure and the law of evidence. The following teaching areas related to procedural law are also offered in the department: trial advocacy, ethics and medical jurisprudence.

Modules taught in department:

CRM 1541: Fundamental Criminology

  • General Introduction and Delimitation of the Field of Study
  • The crime concept
  • The causes of crime
  • Theoretical explanations for crime
  • The consequences of crime
  • The prevention and combating of crime

CRM 1641: Fundamental Criminology

  • The Classification of Criminals
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • The processes of Administration of Justice
  • The Victim of Crime
  • Particular Types of Crime
  • Pathological Phenomenon

CRM 2541: Juvenile Delinquency

  • Introduction
  • Definition of the Concepts
  • The Nature and Extent of Juvenile Delinquency
  • The causation of juvenile delinquency
  • The Treatment and Prevention of Juvenile delinquency
  • Differences between crimes committed by Boys and those by Girls
  • Juvenile Gangs
  • Summary

CRM 2641: Crime Prevention

  • Introduction
  • Definition of the Concepts
  • The History of Crime Prevention
  • Approaches to crime Prevention
  • Crime Prevention Models and Strategies
  • Primary crime Prevention
  • Secondary Crime Prevention
  • Tertiary Crime Prevention
  • South African National Crime Prevention Strategy (NCPS)
CRM 3541: Victimology
  • Introduction
  • Historical perspective
  • The concept victim and the scope of victimology
  • The process of victimization
  • Victim Vulnerability and Precipitation
  • The Victim and the criminal Justice System
  • Treatment of the Victim and the Prevention of Crime
  • Summary
CRM 3641: Criminal Justice System

  • Introduction
  • Correctional Services Act 111
  • Sentencing and punishment
  • Prison Community
  • Institutional Tratment of Offenders
  • Release of Offenders
  • Community Based Sentencing
  • Summary

Police Studies

POS 1541

  • Historical development of policing (England, America, S.A. (pre-colonial & post colonial)
  • Policing agencies – Interpol, Metropolitan police, Traffic police, Military police
  • Constitution
  • SAPS Act
  • Basic concepts in policing - Police force, Police service, Service orientation, Preventive policing
  • Democratic versus oppressive policing

POS 1641

  • Police role in the CJS
  • Components of the CJS - Structure of courts
  • Civilian oversight of the police – Secretariat, Parliamentary oversight, CPF
  • NCPS
  • Operational functions of the police

POS 2541

POS 2541:

  • Introduction
  • Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (Act No.108 of 1996)
  • The Police Service Act (No. 68 of 1995)
  • The Green Paper on Safety and Security and the National Crime Prevention
  • Community policing policy framework and guidelines
  • White paper on Safety and Security
  • Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster priorities
  • Strategic plan for the SAPS
  • White paper on the transformation of the Public Service
  • ‘Batho Pele’ paper (1997)
  • Public Service Regulations

POS 2641:

  • Introduction
  • SAPS Employee Regulations
  • Employment Equity Act (55 of 1998)
  • Policing obligations
  • Fundamental rights
  • Objectives of the Police Service
  • Policing powers
  • Criminal Procedure Act (51 of 1977)
  • Minimum force
  • Practical guidelines for investigators
  • Sentencing
  • Crime intelligence in proactive policing

Policing studies 300(Police Administration)
POS 3541
Module Content

Theme 1 : organisational structure of the South African police service(saps)

  • Structure of the saps : national and provincial
  • Ranking structure
  • Key concepts : management, supervision, administration
  • Occupational anomie

Theme two : managerial theories and approaches

  • The evolution of administrative theory
  • Administrative theory
  • Leadership styles - Likert’s leadership system, Downs’ bureaucratic leadership style
  • Leadership theories
  • Managerial approaches
  • Police administration at a police station
  • Public and private policing institutions

Theme3 : supervision of police

  • South African police service act
  • Control
  • Ethics, inappropriate behaviour and liability
  • Police corruption

Theme four : human resource and community service

  • Police officers’ right to strike
  • Police unionism
  • Community policing
  • Evaluation methods and performance appraisal
  • Stress, wellness and employee assistance program

Current Research and Publications

The following research is currently being done in the department:

- The impact of some laws recently promulgated on specified communities/ groups e.g. The Customary Marriages Act, 1998
- Section 49 of the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977, use of force in effecting an arrest.

The following staff are attached at the Department of Criminal and Procedural Law.

Designation Name Contacts

Mr. PR. Mawila
Head: DCPL

Tel: +27 15 962 8368


Prof. T. van der Walt
Professor DCPL

Tel: +27 15 962 8400


Mr. LB. Tsweledi
Lecturer DCPL

Tel: +27 15 962 8441


Mr. S. Rangoato
nGap Scholar DCPL

Tel: +27 15 962 8433