Marcel van der Watt

Lecturer in Police Practice, University of South Africa

Marcel is a lecturer at the Department of Police Practice at the University of South Africa (UNISA). He was a member of the South African Police Service for 10 years where he worked as hostage negotiator and investigator at the Hawks as well as the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS).

Marcel gained international recognition for his work in counter human trafficking and received numerous awards and commendations for the investigation of crime. These include awards from the National Police Commissioner, Rotary International, ADT Security and a nomination as a finalist in the Police Star of the Year competition.

For his contribution in the field of counter-human trafficking Marcel received an unreserved endorsement from E. Benjamin Skinner, author of ‘A Crime So Monstrous’ and fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School CARR CENTER for Human Rights Policy (Massachusetts, USA). Marcel was awarded a position in the YPIA Top 35 under 35 Africans for 2014.

He acts as human trafficking case manager for the National Freedom Network and is a member of the Gauteng Rapid Response Task Team for Human Trafficking. Marcel is currently busy with a PhD in Criminal Justice.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Police Practice, University of South Africa