Aden Dejene Tolla

Aden Dejene Tolla


Discipline Criminology and Forensic Studies
Campus Howard College Campus
Office Address F183
Last Updated 1 year ago

Degrees Held

  • Degree, (Institution)
  • PhD (Criminology and Forensic Studies), University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
  • Master of Public Health, Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia.
  • Bachelor of Social Science (Sociology), University of Gondar, Ethiopia.


Research Interests

  • Human Trafficking, Child Trafficking, and Sex trafficking,
  • Drug Trafficking,
  • African Criminal Justice System,
  • African Indigenous Systems,
  • Gender Based Violence
  • Cybercrime and


Teaching Interests

  • Victimology,
  • Criminalistic: Crime Scene Investigation,
  • Introduction to Criminology,
  • Social work,
  • Child Care,
  • Research methodology


Journal Articles

Aden Tolla, A. * and Shanta Balgobind Singh 2018. Child trafficking (modern slavery) in Ethiopia: review on status and national. Child Abuse Research: A South African Journal 2018,19(1):58-70.

Aden Tolla, A. * and Shanta Balgobind Singh, 2019. The 21st century slavery: an empirical study on contributing push factors for child trafficking in Ethiopia, East Africa. Journal of Alternation Special Edition 28(2019) 278-308.

Aden Tolla, A. * and Shanta Balgobind Singh, 2019. Modern Slavery: An Anthropological Study on the Contributing Pull Factors and National Response of Child Trafficking in Ethiopia, Africa. Journal of Sociology and Social Anthropology (JSSA), 10(1-3): 61-73 (2019).

Aden Tolla, A. * and Shanta Balgobind Singh, 2020. Empirical Research on the Extent of Child Trafficking in South Gondar, Ethiopia. Accepted Journal of Alternation (2020).


Chapters in Books

Aden Tolla, A. * and Shanta Balgobind Singh 2017. An overview of anti-child trafficking framework and national response in Ethiopia. Chapter of the book on ‘to inside the mind of the oppressed-a reflection on the lived experience of colonialism and apartheid in Africa.

Maluleke, Dlamini and Tolla, 2019. Child trafficking in South Africa: Trends and perspectives. Chapter of the book Sub-Saharan Africa University Press.

Ntombenhle Ntombela, Aden Dejene Tolla and Patrick Murhula, 2020. An overview of the South African criminal justice system’s response to male sexual secondary victimization within Correctional Services. Chapter of the book Crime, Criminality and Criminal Justice Administration.


Teaching Expertise


Criminalistic: Crime Scene Investigation

Introduction to Criminology


Student Supervision


Supervised more than 50 research projects, some of them are listed as follows,

Syethemba Nkosi (2020) Mental Instability, An Innocent Crime: A Profile of Overcrowded Penitentiaries.

Bhekani Ndlazi (2020) A case study of on KwaMashu and Umlazi: An exploratory study of domestic violence and response of the government in South Africa.

Lethukuthula Nkosi (2019), School Violence: A Criminological analysis on the factors contributing to learner violence in South African township schools.

Sabelo Thabiso Nkala (2019) To explore the factors that are contributing to Muti-Murder in the Kwazulu-Natal.

Nontuthuko Zime Ngcobo (2019) The effects of human trafficking on the people of South Africa.

Ntombenhle Pretty Ntombela (2019) Secondary victimization of male rape survivors at the hands of the police and South African courts.

Sinenhlanhla Dube (2019) Explaining the perceptions of perpetrators of hate crime with specific reference to xenophobia in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

TP Ntshangase (2019) An Analysis of Overcrowding in South African Correctional Service Centers.

Hiwokuhle Cebile Nkabinde (2019) The contributing factors towards sex trafficking and government response in south Africa.

Harsha Maharaj (2019) Domestic Violence: violence against women in South Africa.

Zindzi Hlophe (2018) An exploratory study of Cash in Transit (CIT) robbery in South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Durban during the 2016/2017 financial year.

Mandisa Jafta (2018) A comparative analysis of the prevalence, severity and forms of violence across prisoners in the South African correctional centers.

Tyla Naicker (2018) A meta-analytic exploration of the effectiveness of Environmental Design Strategies to reduce community perception of fear of crime and vulnerability within urban neighborhoods in South Africa.

Shander Bianca Pillay (2018) Media and Crime: The comparative study of the negative effect of media to prevent crime amongst teens in South Africa.

Habibah Wilbraham (2018) Case study on male sexual victimization: An implementation of preventative measures for its mitigation within the South African correctional facilities.

Bianca Adam (2018) The impact of credit card fraud on victims: A South African perspective.

Shanice Mernce (2017) Analyzing the relationship between nepotism and corruption in South Africa.

William Budhram (2017) Governing Crime in South Africa: review paper on better governing violent crime in South Africa.

Minenhle Piseka (2017) Crime Control and Political Authorities: Review paper on gang control strategies in Western Cape, South Africa.

Keemera Govender (2017) Crime Intervention Strategies in Durban: A criminal analysis of the city of Durban.

Thulisile M.  Nkabinde (2017) Decriminalizing abortion as response to associated stigma.

Lindokuhle Tshayingca (2017) Human Trafficking in South Africa: the factors and legislations of human trafficking in South Africa.

Krinesha George (2016) Public Educational campaigns such as “Kony 2012” (Case Study) is an imperative tool used to crate awareness about crime in Africa.

Nonjabulo Maseko (2016) Illegal trade of cultural objects in Gauteng province.

Njabulo NL. Gumede (2016) Piracy and music in Durban Taxi ranks.

Prudence Nhlumayo (2016) An exploration of the effectiveness of public education campaigns on music piracy

Jordyn Armstrong (2016) Trial by Social Media: An exploration into the role of social media in the Penny Sparrow Case.

Sbusisiwe Ngcobo (2016) An investigation of film influence on violent behavior.

Thabsile Shange (2016) The effect of media and video games on youth criminality.

Thivian Naidoo (2016) A study of animal exploitation whining the entertainment industry.


Krinesha George (2019) Educators expriance on the prevalence of drugs and intervention programs within schools in the Phoenix area.

Shannyn Leigh Maistry (2020) An explanatory study of university students’ perception of cyberbullying: A case study of University of KwaZulu-Natal, Howard College Campus and Westville Campus.