Our Philosophy:

The Criminological Society of Africa (CRIMSA) (NPC 2022/336341/08) is a non-governmental, voluntary, non-sexist, non-racial organisation aiming to promoting the academic, practical, social and universal relevance of Criminology alike in order to understand, control, prevent and reduce crime and its outcomes and to serve the Southern African community at large.

CRIMSA is a non-profit corporate academic society that aims to:

  • to promote, coordinate and apply the criminological sciences (Criminology, Victimology and Criminal Justice in particular, but also any academic discipline focusing on phenomena related to crime and victimisation) through study and academic interaction, research and community service;
  • to co-operate with interested local, regional and international institutions;
  • to create mediums for the publishing of, among other things, research results;
  • to promote and stimulate the academic interests of its members;
  • to inform the community about crime-related phenomena, criminal victimisation and reaction to crime;
  • to contribute to the broader transformation of society through equity and to endorse those values enshrined in the South African Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Our Mission:

Crimsa is committed to combating crime and to positively impact on the following:

  • An increased level of standards of criminological discourse in Southern Africa;
  • An increased understanding of crime, the criminal, the victim and the Criminal Justice system in order to control, prevent and reduce crime through coordinating:
    • research and publications;
    • community outreach;
    • networking with the public and private sector and government;
    • training;
    • teaching and;
    • awareness raising in a professional and cost effective manner.
  • To co-operate with interested local and international institutions.
  • To promote the interests of academics, researchers, NGO’s and students by encouraging special workshops and participation at national and international conferences.

Acta Criminologica and CRIMSA News

Crimsa will provide members with the latest research findings, professional issues and statistical information in the field of Criminal Justice, free of charge, by means of an accredited journal, Acta Criminologica, and a regular newsletter Crimsa News.

Call for Papers

CRIMSA’S Offcial Language

The offcial language of the Society is English.