Department of Police Practice

Mr RJ Mokwena

College of Law
School of Criminal Justice
Department: Police Practice
Tel: 012 433 9407


  • MTech: Forensic Investigation(UNISA)
  • BTech: Forensic investigation (UNISA)
  • BTech: Policing (Technikon SA)
  • ND: Policing (Technikon SA)

Currently teaching

  • Investigative Principles III
  • Module A (OVM3701)
  • Module B (OVM3702)
  • Supervision of masters students

Fields of academic interests

  • Crime scene photography
  • Criminal and Forensic Investigation
  • Crime scene investigation

Field of Specialisation

  • Policing
  • Crime Prevention
  • Criminal and Forensic Investigation
  • Research and development


Book Title: Forensic Investigation Legislative Principles and Investigative Practices, Publisher: Juta

Book chapters:

  • Chapter 3: Medico Legal evidence
  • Chapter 4: Serological evidence and DNA analysis
  • Chapter 5: Imprint evidence and other specialities

Journal articles

Rural farmers' perspectives on stock theft: police crime statistics

Professional positions, fellowships & awards



  • Mamelodi High School Drug Abuse Project 1


Rakgetse was a member of South African Police Services for 19 years where he gained valuable policing experience while working at community service centre, detective branch, Pta-North Local Criminal Centre as Fingerprint Expert, Photographer and National co-ordinator. Rakgetse was National co-ordinator of Forensic Science Laboratory and Criminal Record Centre courses, where he was dealing with budget, request for nomination, financial authority, logistical authority, management of the all courses and financial reconciliation. His role was to ensure smooth and proper management of the courses in the Division of Forensic Science. Retired as Captain in the South African Police Services in the research and development component. While in the SAPS he co-authored UNISA study guide on Investigative Principles for policing I and contributed significantly in the production of DVD of the same module. He greatly contributed in developing Resolving of crime course, Crime intelligence, Harmful and religious practices and Human tradecraft courses. Rakgetse is accredited registered assessor and moderator of SASSETA.