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, 4 December 2021
New Forensic Pathology Institute Facility is nearing completion

The Western Cape Government Department of Health’s project to build the new Observatory Forensic Pathology Institute (OFPI) is 87% complete.

Publication Date:
Thu, 17 Dec 2020 - 10:15
Observatory Forensic Pathology Institute nears completion

The R281 million Observatory Forensic Pathology institute which will replace the Forensic Pathology services laboratory in salt River is expected to be complete during 2020.

Publication Date:
Thu, 17 Dec 2020 - 10:15
The role of the forensic pathologist during a pandemic

Frontline healthcare workers across the world are working around the clock to help save lives during the COVID-19 crisis, while those in the field of forensic pathology focus on the deceased.

Publication Date:
Thu, 17 Dec 2020 - 10:00
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