Coordinated by Dr Marise Heyns, senior lecturer, Department of Pathology, University of Cape Town

This five-lecture course will explore the myths, truths and realities of forensic science and its role in the pursuit of justice. It will show how crime scenes should be managed and how evidence should be collected, packaged, transported and analysed. Post mortems will be referred to as prime examples of the science of forensic pathology. Recent court cases have shown the importance of blood and DNA evidence. Drugs are present in some cases, either in physical form or as traces in the body. Their presence must be analysed and their influence determined. Fingerprints, footwear impressions, body prints, soil and hair samples will form the basis of a discussion around the presentation of evidence in court, and the effective translation of science for a non-scientific audience.



1. Crime scenes: what to do and what not to do Dr Marise Heyns

2. Post mortems: what, where, when and how? Dr Gavin Kirk

3. Forensic toxicology: drug use or abuse? Bronwen Davies

4.  Forensic science: bloodstain patterns tell a story Dr Marise Heyns

5. Interesting forensic cases Calvin Mole


Recommended reading

Mollet, T. and Mollet, C. 2014. Bloody Lies: Citizens reopen the Inge Lotz murder case. Penguin Random House.

Mollet, T. and Mollet, C. 2016. Oscar vs The Truth. Piquet Publishers.


Date: 22–26 January 
Time: 11.15 am
COURSE  FEES  Full: R510,00  Staff: R255,00  Reduced: R130,00