Forensic Pathology Institute
New Forensic Pathology Institute
An artist’s impression of the Observatory Forensic Pathology Institute. The facility will replace the Salt River Forensic Pathology Laboratory, and construction is expected to be completed by Dec 2020.
Lodox scanning
Lodox scanning
Low dosimetry x- ray (Lodox) scanning is integral to the investigation of firearm fatalities. Pictured here is the spread of pellets resulting from a shotgun wound to the head.
latent finger mark
Latent finger mark
A latent finger mark enhanced by dusting, and photographed using innovative lighting techniques; all skills taught in the Applied Forensics Course in the MPhil: Biomedical Forensic Science programme.
Blow Fly
The adult of Chrysomya chloropyga, a blow fly species local to the Western Cape. It is recognised by the inverted U on the superior aspect of the first thoracic segment
Itumeleng Molefe
Femicide in the Western Cape Metropole
Our Division provides Forensic Pathology services to the Cape Metropole. Murder is rife, with the country’s murder capital, Nyanga, falling within our service area. Dr Itumeleng Molefe, a consultant pathologist in our division has a special interest...


Saturday, 28 November 2020
CANSA Sprayathon

Fri, 13 March 2020 
Members of the Molecular Forensics Research Group stepped out of the academic environment and into a site of colours and smiles! As part of social outreach, they partook in a CANSA Sprayathon held at Kenwyn Primary School in Lansdowne. 

Publication Date:
Wed, 28 Oct 2020 - 14:15
Managing human remains amid COVID-19

The death of someone from COVID-19, doesn't mean they can't still spread the disease.

Publication Date:
Thu, 11 Jun 2020 - 11:30
Death to burial - Covid-19 risks

COVID-19 infection risks do not disappear immediately after the death of those who succumb to it. In death’s aftermath, the people closely involved with the body – families, carers, priests, hospital porters and undertakers – remain at risk.

Publication Date:
Tue, 09 Jun 2020 - 14:00
St Cyprians school visit

Inspiring young women through science engagement in Biomedical Forensic Science laboratory

Publication Date:
Sat, 30 May 2020 - 15:15