Department of Police Practice

Mr M van der Watt

College of Law
School of Criminal Justice
Department: Police Practice
Tel: 011 471 2385


  • MTech: Forensic Investigation (UNISA)
  • BTech: Policing (cum laude) (UNISA)   
  • National Diploma: Policing (cum laude) (UNISA)
  • Higher Certificate: Business Management (Damelin)

Currently teaching

  • Investigative Principles I Module A and B (OVM1501 and OVM1502)
  • Supervision of Masters students

Fields of academic interests

  • Crimes against vulnerable groups
  • Organised crime and serial crime
  • Investigative Psychology


Marcel was been a member of the South African Police Service for 10 years where he worked at various units including the Port Elizabeth Flying Squad, Collision Unit, Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) and the Hawks (DPCI). Marcel was an active Hostage and Suicide Negotiator and is an accredited Facilitator, Assessor and Moderator. He received numerous commendations for the investigation of crime, awards from the National Police Commissioner, Rotary International and ADT Security including a nomination as a finalist in the Police Star of the Year 2008 competition. During his career in the SAPS Marcel specialised in the investigation of organised human trafficking and sexual crimes against women and children. He served on panels and made numerous conference presentations on these issues.

Marcel also received specialised training in the investigation of serial rapes and murders. For his contribution in the field of counter-human trafficking Marcel received an unreserved endorsement from  E. Benjamin Skinner, fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School CARR CENTER for Human Rights Policy. Marcel is also a member of the Gauteng Rapid Response Task Team for Human Trafficking.