NWU Vaal: Law and order in practice

Anjonet Jordaan -- Tue, 09/08/2015 - 15:43

NWU Vaal: Law and order in practice

He was 30 years in the South African Police Service where he worked extensively in intelligence gathering, infiltrating crime syndicates and testified in court. Today he is retired from the SAPS and a practising advocate.

This past week Hein Mare came to North-West University’s Vaal Triangle Campus to give law students some insight into how law enforcement, criminal investigation and intelligence link to law.

Advocate Hein Mare Advocate Jacques Matthee
Advocate Hein Matthee Advocate Jacques Matthee

“Facts come first, the law will follow”, says Hein. By linking the facts of actual cases he worked on during his career, Hein helped students get a deeper understanding and appreciation for how specific legislation they are currently studying result into a criminal conviction in court.

Law lecturer, Advocate Jacques Matthee, arranged this event for students on campus: “The value that underlies talks such as these is the reality check it gives students into the real-world demands, expectations and experience of a legal practitioner. More often than not I get the impression that students have a romanticised idea of what their lives will be like when they enter the legal fraternity. This, in itself, is not entirely a bad thing as it motivates students. However, I have always stressed the fact that students must have a realistic expectation of the road ahead and with that knowledge, still choose to go down this path. These types of talks are instrumental in painting this realistic picture. It was very encouraging to see so many students not only attend the talk, but also engage with the presenter to satisfy their curiosity. This reaffirms that we are on the right path. On that note, and due to the success of this talk, I have already lined up another guest speaker for October and I hope to see all of our students there!”

Students at talk