Precious Nolwazi Ntuli

Precious Nolwazi Ntuli


Discipline Criminology
Contact Number 033-260-6572
Campus Pietermaritzburg Campus
Office Address Room 11 Crim – Psych Building
Last Updated 5 years ago


  • Master of Social Sciences Criminology (University of KwaZulu-Natal)
  • Bachelor of Social Work (University of South Africa)

Research Interests

  • Criminal Justice
  • Restorative Justice
  • Youth Justice
  • Youth Delinquency
  • Rehabilitation and Recidivism
  • Diversion Programmes

Teaching Interests

  • Criminology and Forensic Studies
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Criminalistics: Forensic Investigation
  • Victimology
  • Biopsychosocial Perspectives

Complete Research Record / Selected Publications

Journal Articles

  • Shanta B Singh and Precious Nolwazi Ntuli (2017), Diversion Programmes: Case Studies of the Youth Empowerment Scheme Programme at NICRO, Durban, South Africa, Oriental Anthropologists Vol.17, No.2, Pages 213-231

Community Involvement

  • 2018    The Sizabantwana Project: The focus of the project is educator development, to assist educators to assist learners, whether in relation to academic underachievement or a child who is starving.  The group engages in training around a variety of issues, whilst at the same time gaining a sense of their own power and agency.  The project is located in the Discipline of Psychology, in the School of Applied Human Sciences at the University of KwaZulu Natal. The original aim of the project centred around the development of educator capacity to deal with the psycho-social issues in their school communities.  It was intended that these educators would become agents of change in their contexts, and would be identified as resources by other community members.  This mission was to be realised through the Sizabantwana model that was developed jointly by the psychologists and educators involved in the project. I was invited by a project coordinator Ms. Abigail Wilkinson as a guest speaker to present and share my knowledge on human trafficking and child abduction in order to equip teachers with tangible skills and knowledge so that they can assist their learners develop knowledge about human trafficking and child abduction and how they could decrease chances of child abduction in schools.  
  • 2019    Death in Correctional Centres: The seminar aimed at critically engaging on a range of issues related to incidence of deaths in South African Correctional Centres. Participants were invited by the inspecting Judge of the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services, Justice Johan van der Westhuizen, to engage in robust discussions and work towards tangible and sustainable solutions.  The seminar was held in Pietermaritzburg Correctional Centre Recreational Hall. 

Teaching Expertise

  • I have taught Criminalistics: Crime Scene Investigation (CFSD 201), Victimology (CFSD 202) and Biopsychosocial Perspectives (CFSD 302) in the Discipline of Criminology and Forensic Studies.
  • The scope of my teaching expertise includes the ability to develop relationships with students, communication skills, being approachable, dedication to teaching, enthusiasm of the subject, involving students in their learning process and good work ethics.

Student Supervision


  • Usithandile Sengca (2019) Exploring the relationship between the value of art and art theft in South Africa.
  • Nomagugu Mpanza (2019) The effects of art vandalism in a South African context
  • Nontobeko Magubane (2019) Examining the effect of cultural practice of ukuthwala on young girls in South Africa
  • Ntombenhle Mkhize (2019) Analysing representation and reality in the portrayal of crime in media
  • Pinky Ngcobo (2019) Exploring violence and stigma attached to transgendered persons in South Africa
  • Nompumelelo Sithole (2019) The effect of homophobia on South African communities and the relationship between homophobia and social media
  • Nosipho Mnomiya (2019) Exploring factors that influence organized crime in South Africa