Department of Criminology and Security Science

Prof NP Dastile

College of Law
School of Criminal Justice
Department: Criminology and Security Science
Tel: 012 433 9526


  • D Lit et Phil - Unisa
  • MA Criminology - University of Pretoria
  • Hons Criminology (Cum Laude) - Unitra 

Currently teaching

  • Master's student supervisor

Fields of academic interests

  • Gender and crime
  • Decolonial epistemic perspective
  • Offender assessment and rehabilitative programming
  • Pan African criminology
  • African centred methodologies
  • Alternative research methodologies

Field of Specialisation

  • Gender and crime 


  • Contributed to Female Crime. Fundamental Criminology Handbook: Chapter 10

Journal articles

  • Newsletter: 2010: Standing Group on Organised Crime. E-Newsletter. February 2010, Volume 9, Issue 1. Profile of female drug traffickers in South Africa.

Paper presentations


Conference Theme:  Practitioner course in Victimology, Victim assistance and Criminal Justice.
Paper Presented: The model of sexual harassment and rape of female students at the University of Venda”.
Date: Cape Town:   8 July 2004

Theme: Marketing Forum
Paper Presented:  The nature of sexual harassment and rape of female students at the University of Venda.
Date & Venue: Pretoria,  18 March 2004


Workshop:  Student Practitioner course in Victimology, Victim assistance and Criminal Justice in Dubrovnik: Paper Presented:  “The nature and consequences of sexual harassment and rape of female students in tertiary institutions”. Date & Venue: Dubrovnik:  9-16 May 2006


Conference Theme: International Conference on Criminology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria. Paper Presented: “Sexual victimization at a SA tertiary institution: the victim’s perception of the perpetrator
Date:  27 -29 May 2007 : Conference Theme: What works with female offenders.
Paper Presented: South African women in prison: A critical perspective”
Date: 10 to 12 September 2007. Prato Italy.


Presentation visiting students from Stockton College, USA. Paper Presented:    Crossing the social boundary: Female offenders incarcerated in South African correctional institutions” :Venue: Johannesburg;  8th January 2008).


Conference Theme: CRIMSA Bi-ennual Conference
Paper Presented:  “Babies behind bars : exposure to incarceration : a multidisciplinary perspective.
Venue and date: University of South Africa, 27-29 September

Conference Theme: CRIMSA Bi-ennual conference: Paper Presented:  “Black Female offending in post-apartheid South Africa” .  Venue: University of South Africa, South Africa, Date: 27-29 September 2009

Conference Theme: Joshua West Conference: Paper Presented: “Women and economic offending in South Africa”  Date: 27 September 2009


Workshop Theme: Crimsa Annual General Meeting
Paper Presented: Babies behind bars : Exposure to incarceration : A Multidisciplinary perspective”
Date:  University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa, 2 February 2010).

Conference Theme : Societies in Transition: Balancing Security, Social Justice and Tradition” 9th Biennual International Conference
Paper presented: The nexus between drug use/abuse and drug trafficking among women incarcerated in South African Correctional Centers: Date : Morocco: 2-5 June 2010.

Conference Theme: Towards a coherent strategy for crime reduction in South Africa beyond 2010.
Paper Presented: Gendered needs of women incarcerated in South African Correctional Centres : Implications for classification and rehabilitation”.
Date & Venue: Sandton Conventional Center; Johannesburg. 1-2 December 2010).


Conference Theme: Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences:  Strengthening American/Canadian Corrections.  Paper Presented: Rethinking women’s pathways to incarceration among women within the South African context.   Date & Venue:  1-5 March  2011. Canada , Toronto.
Conference Theme:  Crime, Justice and Social Democracy
Paper presented: Gendered needs of women in South African correctional centers
Venue & Date: 26-28 September. Washington DC


Workshop presentation: Theme: Decolonial meditations
Title of Paper: Breaking bread with female offenders in South Africa: Towards generation of testimonial knowledge on female criminality in South Africa.
Hosted: Africa Decolonial Network


Conference Theme:  National and international perspectives on crime reduction and criminal Justice. Paper presented: Basifundisa ngesilungu besifundisela ntoni? Marginalisation of African  indigenous-speaking women in education programming inside correctional centres
Venue: Hyatt Johannesburg
Date: 21-22 August

Conference Theme: Towards re-invigorating the Arts. Paper presented : Everyday forms of learning among women incarcerated in South African correctional centres.
Venue: University of South Africa
Date: 10-11 October 2013


College of Law Spring Law Conference: Girls at point Zero.


Symposium on Critical Race Theory

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • Ford Foundation Scholarship (2008)
  • Excellence in Teaching (2008) – Monash University Australia
  • Young Academics (2010 Cohort)
  • Assessment Training (2009)
  • Council member : International Victimology Society
  • Member of African Decolonial Network (ADERN)
  • Vision Keepers 2013 cohort
  • Academic Management Capacity Programme: (2017). UNISA
  • Member of critical race, critical times: race, space and identity UKZN


  • Women who kill
  • Assessment of offenders