Department of Criminology and Security Science

Dr MS Thobane

College of Law
School of Criminal Justice
Department: Criminology and Security Science
Senior Lecturer
Tel: 012 433 9523
E-mail: kwadims@unisa.ac.za

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Social Science: Psychology - University of Pretoria
  • Bachelor of Arts - Honours (Criminology) - University of Pretoria
  • Bachelor of Arts - Honours (Psychology)  - University of South Africa
  • Master of Arts – Criminology - University of South Africa
  • Doctor of Literature and Philosophy - University of South Africa  

Currently teaching

  • Master's supervisor
  • CMY3702 - Crime Typologies

Fields of academic interests

  • Bank-related violent crimes
  • Cash-in-transit robberies (CIT)
  • Armed robberies
  • Gender-based violence (GBV)
  • Contemporary crime issues 

Field of Specialisation

  • Cash-in-transit robberies
  • Bank-related violent crimes 

Journal articles

  • Thobane, M.S. & Herbig, F.J.W. (2014). Getting to them and through them: Practical challenges of conducting research with incarcerated offenders. Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology, 27(1)/2014:16-27.
  • (2015). Armed robbers: Creating a perception of invisibility and invincibility through mysticism – Are Sangomas providing protection? Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology, 4/2015:151 - 168.
  • Schoeman, M. & Thobane, M.S. (2015). Successes and challenges since the implementation of the Child Justice Act No 75 of 2008: A practitioner’s perspective. Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology, 23(8)/2015:34-49.
  • Thobane, M.S & Prinsloo, J.H. (2018). Is crime getting increasingly violent? An assessment of the role of bank associated robbery in South Africa. South African Crime Quarterly, 65: 33-41
  • Thobane, M.S. & Herbig, F.J.W. (2014). Getting to them and through them: Practical challenges of conducting research with incarcerated offenders. Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology, 27(1)/2014:16-27.
  • Thobane, M.S. (2015). Armed robbers: Creating a perception of invisibility and invincibility through mysticism – Are Sangomas providing protection? Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology, 4/2015:151- 168.
  • Schoeman, M. & Thobane, M.S. (2015). Successes and challenges since the implementation of the Child Justice Act No 75 of 2008: A practitioner’s perspective. Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology, 23(8)/2015:34-49.
  • Thobane, M.S & Prinsloo, J.H. (2018). Is crime getting increasingly violent? An assessment of the role of bank associated robbery in South Africa. South African Crime Quarterly, 65: 33-41

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Vice-President of The Criminological Society of Africa (CRIMSA) (2018 - 2020)
  • Transformation Chairperson of CRIMSA (2018 - current)
  • Secretary of CRIMSA (2015 - 2017)
  • Deputy Chairperson of Absa Group Risk Transformation Forum (2010 - 2011)
  • UNISA Vision Keepers Research Grant Awardee (2018 - 2020)
  • 2018 UNISA Woman of the Year Enhancing Other’s Health and Wellbeing’

Projects

  • Member of UNISA Inside-Out Community Engagement Project
  • Project Leader of UNISA Learner Research Summit Community Engagement Project 
  • Co-Project Leader of UNISA Substance Abuse in Hoedspruit Community Engagement Project 
  • Member of UNISA Restorative Justice Community Engagement Community Engagement (2013 – 2016)
  • Member of UNISA College of Law Flagship: Child Justice (2013 – 2016)