n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Professionalising criminology in South Africa

Special Edition 3
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



The formal teaching of criminology in South Africa started in 1949 at the University of Pretoria, followed by the University of South Africa in 1958. Since 2000 there is a global move away from so-called analytical criminology to experimental criminology. The inauguration of the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) facilitated the rise of professions in South Africa. SAQA classified Criminology in NSB field 08: Law, military sciences and security in the sub-field safety and society (Naudé 2001:3). The groundwork therefore has been laid for the professionalising of criminology in South Africa. The purpose of this article is to give a broad overview of the services offered by a South African trained Criminologist in private practice. This article is based on research that was conducted by the author for the purposes of the Dlitt et Phil degree (UNISA) and was presented at the Criminological and Victimological Society of Southern Africa conference in 2007. The services that will be discussed pertain to victim empowerment in the form of debriefing and victim impact statements as well as assessing juveniles for the purposes of diversion. This article furthermore critically discusses the professionalisation process of the study field of criminology.

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