I registered my Magister Technologiae: Forensic Investigation at Unisa and graduated on 29 September 2016. The title of my dissertation was: "The value of the first report statement in the investigation of rape." The study is concerned with how the first report statement must be obtained from the first report witness during the investigation of rape cases. Since I am a certified fraud examiner this qualification will assist me on how to obtain a statement which information will also be shared with my colleagues. Permission to conduct research was obtained from the SAPS and NPA respectively. Investigators from Pretoria Central Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) and Public Prosecutors were interviewed, literature reviews were conducted and case docket analysis was conducted at Hercules SAPS, Pretoria Central SAPS and Pretoria West SAPS respectively.
The reason why I choose this topic is that a lot of cases were being withdrawn as a result of poor statement-taking by members of the SAPS. In our work situation, a statement is used as a vehicle to transport evidence from the crime scene to court. During serious fraud and corruption investigations, both warning statements and witness statements are obtained in order to submit evidence before the court of law. For my PhD, I intend to do research on the following topic: "The critical analysis of the criminalistics technique during the investigation of corruption." I intend to critically study undercover operations, informer handling, surveillance, computer digital forensics and reactive methods during corruption investigation.
Before joining the Hawks, I worked at Thohoyandou SAPS, Masisi SAPS, Tshamutumbu SAPS, Alldays SAPS, Beit Bridge SAPS and the Department of Home Affairs South Africa. Academically I have studied and completed the following qualifications:
- National Diploma: Police Administration (Technikon SA);
- BTech Policing (Technikon SA);
- National Diploma: Security Risk Management (Unisa);
- BTech Security Risk Management (Unisa);
- Forensic and Investigative Auditing Programme (Unisa);
- Business Communication Programme (Unisa); and
- Project Management Certificate (Lyceum College);
- Advanced Fraud Examination (Forensics4AFRICA); and
- MTech Forensic Investigation (Unisa).
Apart from being a career policeman, I am a part-time lecturer at Unisa, responsible for Advanced Corporate Investigation. I've also assisted during the development of the module under the supervision of Prof Govender. Under the supervision of Dr Olivier and Dr Horne my vision is to complete my PhD - my problem statement is that a lot of case dockets are not prosecuted successfully as a result of the investigation conducted during corruption investigation. As a result, I would like to find out what those techniques entail, their value during investigation of corruption as well as the legislative framework. The study will be conducted within the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation - the elite unit dealing with serious organised crime, serious commercial crime and serious corruption. The research will be conducted with the assistance and support of Brig Zama Basi: Section Head of Serious Corruption Investigation.
[It is good to know that, after a person has put so much effort into obtaining a qualification, that person is willing to plough back that newly found knowledge into the organisation. We trust that this will be the case with all law enforcers who further their studies and that they will continue to choose research topics and produce research findings which the organisation can utilise, for the ultimate benefit of our country. Congratulations Lt-Col Humbulani. Ed.]