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...


Tuesday, 3 August 2021
New forensic pathology facility interview

CAPE TOWN, 21 September 2017 - Forensic pathology services in the Western Cape are set to become more streamlined. A brand new facility is being built in Cape Town.

Publication Date:
Tue, 26 Sep 2017 - 14:15
Child Murders
Child murders: SA's preventable tragedy

Cape Town - Child murders have dominated news in the Western Cape over the past few months. These brutal killings of defenceless young children have understandably caused much outrage and civil society organisations have called for decisive action by the provincial government, in particular for a commission of inquiry to stem the tide of these killings.

Publication Date:
Fri, 22 Sep 2017 - 11:00
Group present at the construction start
Construction set to start on new R281m forensics laboratory unit

Cape Town - Work has started on the new R281 million project to replace the forensic pathology services laboratory in Salt River, Cape Town with a larger purpose-built modern forensic pathology facility to be built at the entrance to Groote Schuur Hospital in Observatory, the Western Cape government said on Sunday.

Publication Date:
Thu, 21 Sep 2017 - 15:45
New Morgue Sod Turning
New Morgue for Cape Town

Cape Town - A new state-of-the-art morgue is set to be built at the entrance to Groote Schuur Hospital and will be replacing the Forensic Pathology Services Laboratory in Salt River.

Publication Date:
Thu, 21 Sep 2017 - 14:30