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Medico-Legal Death Investigation Systems – South Africa

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Elizabeth S. Dinkele ,

University of Cape Town, Anzio Road, Observatory, 7925, Cape Town, ZA
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Division of Clinical Anatomy and Biological Anthropology, Department of Human Biology, Faculty of Health Sciences
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Gavin Kirk,

University of Cape Town, ZA
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Division of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Department of Pathology, Faculty of Health Sciences

 

Forensic Pathology Service, Western Cape Government Department of Health and Wellness

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Lorna J. Martin

University of Cape Town, ZA
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Division of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology, Department of Pathology, Faculty of Health Sciences

 

Forensic Pathology Service, Western Cape Government Department of Health and Wellness

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Abstract

South Africa (SA) is a developing nation with a heavily burdened and under-resourced medico-legal death investigative system. The medico-legal death investigative system in SA resembles aspects of the medical examiner and coronial systems yet maintains characteristics unique to the South African environment and legal practice. In this article, we discuss the procedures followed in medico-legal death investigations in SA.

How to Cite: Dinkele, E.S., Kirk, G. and Martin, L.J., 2022. Medico-Legal Death Investigation Systems – South Africa. Sri Lanka Journal of Forensic Medicine, Science & Law, 13, pp.50–52. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljfmsl.v13i0.7922
Published on 30 Sep 2022.
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