Department of Criminology and Security Science

Prof A Hesselink

College of Law
School of Criminal Justice
Department: Criminology and Security Science
Tel: 012 433 9484


  • BA - University of Pretoria
  • BA Honors - University of Pretoria
  • MA Criminology - University of Pretoria (Cum laude)
  • DLitt et Phil (Criminology) - UNISA

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Currently teaching

  • CMY1501 - Introduction to Criminology: Crime, Offenders and Criminal Behaviour
  • CMY4804 - Criminological Evaluation and Assessment

Fields of academic interests

  • Criminology
  • Victimology
  • Corrections

Field of Specialisation

  • Child abuse
  • Violent/ aggressive offenders
  • Female offenders
  • Youth/ juvenile offenders
  • Sex offenders
  • Serial rapists
  • Serial killers
  • Analysis of offending behaviour
  • Causes and motives of crime
  • Risk prediction gangs


Book chapters

Chapter title: Vulnerable children in the South African context.
Pages: 1-30. Chapter 1.
Authors: Hesselink, A.E. & Dastile, N.P.
Book title: Vulnerable children in the South Africa: Legal, social development and criminological aspects.
Editor: Songca, R.
Publisher: Juta & Company (Pty) Ltd. ISBN: 9781485118091

Chapter Title: Child prostitution.
Pages: 315-328. Chapter 15.
Author: Hesselink, A.
Book title: Child and youth misbehaviour in South Africa- A holistic approach. 4th Edition.
Editor: Bezuidenhout, C.
Publisher: Van Schaik ISBN: 9780627036057

Chapter title: Issues in prison Higher Education.
Pages: 136-157. Chapter 6.
Author: Hesselink, A. 
Book title: Strategic learning ideologies in prison education programs.
Editor: Biao, I.
Publisher: IGI Global  ISBN: 9781522529101  

Journal articles

  • 2014    Servamus, April 2014; Vol 107, No 4. Pp. 30-31. Title: A criminological perspective on parole. Author: Hesselink, A.

Paper presentations

Recent International Paper Presentations


Conference: The European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control 45th Annual Conference. Uncovering Harms: States, corporation and organisations as criminals. Dates: 31 August – 3 September 2017, Lesbos, Mytilene, Greece. University of the Aegean, Department of Sociology. Conference theme: Prison, Punishment and Detention. Three (3) Presentations:

  1. Identifying criminogenic risk factors for youth gang involvement: a criminological case study analysis. Authors: A Hesselink, N Bougard, Presented by: A Hesselink

  2. Female offenders and HIV/Aids: a criminological of the pathways to HIV/Aids and crime. Authors: A Hesselink, NP Dastile, Presented by: A Hesselink

  3. Detention and rehabilitation services for female offenders: an American, European and South African comparison. Author: A Hesselink, Presented by: A Hesselink


  • Conference: 16th International Symposium of the World Society of Victimology 2018. Date: 10 – 14 June 2018. City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. Paper presented: Offenders as Victims: A case study analysis of systems failures in a Women’s Correctional Facility in Pretoria, South Africa. Authors: Anni Hesselink and Jaco Barkhuizen. Paper presented by Jaco Barkhuizen.

  • International Police Executive Symposium (IPES), 29th Annual Meeting, 19-24 August 2018, Vienna, Austria. Co-presenter and co-author of two papers: 1) Title: “A criminological contribution to predictive police: The case of livestock theft”. Presented by Ms C Doorewaard. Authors: Cecili Doorewaard and Anni Hesselink; 2) Title: “Identifying the causes and risks as being contributory towards cash-in-transit heists: A South African criminological case study analysis” Presented by Mr N Bougard. Authors: Nigel Bougard and Anni Hesselink.

Professional positions, fellowships & awards

  • CRIMSA member


  • DCS offender assessments and pre-parole reports