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Keynote Speaker: Professor Vellema


Dr Lorraine du Toit-Prinsloo

Topic: A global persepctive on Forensic science


Dr Jo-Mari Visser

Topic: Jurists perspective on Forensic science

Biography: I completed BSc and BSc Honours degrees at the University of the Free State in 2000 and 2001 respectively, and my MSc degree in Medical Criminalistics at the University of Pretoria in 2003. Thereafter I worked briefly as assistant forensic analyst with the South African Police Service before returning to the University of the Free State to study law. In 2008, I completed my LLB degree and joined the National Prosecuting Authority as district court prosecutor. I was appointed as lecturer in the Department of Procedural Law and Law of Evidence at Kovsies in 2011, and completed my LLD on scientific evidence in criminal proceedings two years later. I am currently teaching Law of Evidence at the Faculty of Law at the UFS.

Prof Gert Saayman

Topic: Legal framework for forensic science


Dr Antonel Olckers


Topic: The future of Forensic science in SA


Karyn Maughan

Topic: Crime reporting in SA


Vonita Thompson

Topic: Data management in Forensic science


Paul O'Sullivan

Topic: Private forensic science in SA

Biography: Although an engineer by profession, Paul O`Sullivan is recognised as one of South Africa’s
leading forensic consultants.
In 1997, when the Johannesburg Chamber’s medical aid was fleeced of over R3m, Paul O`Sullivan not only sent the perpetrator to prison, but he also recovered all the stolen funds, with interest. Apart from being an Engineer Paul O`Sullivan is a:

  • Criminologist,
  • Certified Fraud Examiner,
  • Certified Voice stress Analyst,
  • Certified Aviation Security Specialist,
  • Fellow of the Institute of Directors,
  • US Department of Justice; Certified Document Examiner,
  • Life Member of the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and;
  • Was a Police Officer; involved in Law Enforcement and anti‐terror operations in
    South Africa, Cyprus, United Kingdom, Zimbabwe & the United States
    In his spare time Paul O`Sullivan enjoys:
  • Flying, Hiking, Boating and Charity Work

1978 ‐ Commendation from Scotland Yard, for stopping a knife attack in London,
1994 ‐ Cop of the year award Johannesburg,
2002 ‐ Commendations from Australian, Canadian & UK Governments,
for work in the field of reducing human trafficking
2006 ‐ William Benetez Award in Milan, for work in reduction of global drug trafficking,
2011 ‐ Named a ‘Paul Harris Fellow’ – Rotary Cub International,
2014 ‐ Certified Fraud Examiner of the year – Africa,
2015 ‐ Founded ‘Forensics for Justice’
2018 ‐ Lifetime Achievement Award Nominee ‐ SA Chamber of Commerce – London,
2022 ‐ Certified Fraud Examiner of the year – Africa ‐ ONLY person in the world to have
received the CFE of the Year Award, twice.

Stanley Bezuidenhout

Topic: Cyber crime


Dr Irma Ferreira

Topic: Private forensic laboratories

Biography: I am married and have two sons. I obtained my matric at Hoërskool Kalahari in Kuruman. All my
tertiary qualifications were attained from the North-West University in Potchefstroom.
I am a member of the South African Academy of Forensic Sciences, serve on the SANAS Specialist
Technical Committee: Medical and SANAS Specialist Technical Committee: Forensic Sciences. I am
registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa as a Medical Scientist since 1992.
I started my career in 1989 as a Junior Scientist with the Department of Human Genetics at the
University of Pretoria. Thereafter, I was employed as a Medical Scientist and Lecturer at the
Department of Chemical Pathology, Ga-Rankuwa Hospital and MEDUNSA, lecturing in Molecular
Genetics and Biochemistry. Since 2002, I have been with the Genetics department of AMPATH.
During this time, I have acted as external examiner for dissertations for University of Pretoria, North-
West University, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University and the University of the Free State.
In 2022 AMPATH was successful in obtaining SANAS ISO 17025 accreditation as a Forensic Genetics
Test Laboratory.

Ms L Motsoeneng

Topic: Accreditation of forensic laboratories

Biography: Mrs Lebogang Motsoeneng holds a master’s degree in business management from the Graduate School of Business Leadership (UNISA), a Degree in Quality from UNISA and a diploma in Biotechnology from Tshwane University of Technology. She has over ten years of experience in both the Pharmaceutical and food Microbiology industry, where she worked for SANAS accredited laboratories implementing and maintaining accreditation. Passionate about quality, the move to South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) was a perfect fit. She joined SANAS as an Accreditation Specialist, leading various teams in assessments of conformity assessment bodies against the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025. She currently occupies the Accreditation Manager position at SANAS where she oversees the operations and strategic planning of Blood Transfusion Services, Pharmaceutical, Veterinary and Forensic programmes. With her management philosophy being providing an environment where employees are productive and where customer service is the key focus. Lebogang always ensure that she provides service with the spirit of excellence.


Topic: Forensic laboratories in SA



Topic: SAPS in forensic science