Labuschagne reflects on 14-year career of investigations in SAPS

Brigadier Gerard Labuschagne's departs from SAPS after 14 years in the investigative psychology section.

He has testified in more than 100 cases, and has investigated more than 300 serial murders and rapes.

702/Cape Talk's Africa Melane on Thursday spoke to Labuschagne to get some insight on his long career in the investigative pyschology section of SAPS.

Listen to the conversation below:

Every organisation has frustrations, no matter private and government. It's a great relief to not have to sit in 12-hour meetings.

Gerard Labuschagne, SAPS investigative psychology section head

...With the national commissioner post, I think it's an insane choice not to have someone who is an experienced member of the service. You're just not going to know how the various business elements should be working together to best combat crime.

Gerard Labuschagne, SAPS investigative psychology section head

...We have eight people underneath me who are detectives and two psychologists, so we're in a far better position now when I'm leaving than when I joined 14 years ago.

Gerard Labuschagne, SAPS investigative psychology section head

What suspects often forget is that their behaviour on the scene tells us a lot about who they are and can help us narrow down on the pool of suspects.

Gerard Labuschagne, SAPS investigative psychology section head

...I do agree with what the Supreme Court of Appeals said that he [Oscar Pistorius] must have had the reasonbale intention to know that somebody was going to die when he fired those shots.

Gerard Labuschegne, SAPS investigative psychology section head

I've been in the civil service for 18 years... One area that fascinated me was assisting in incidents of workplace violence threat assessments.

Gerard Labuschagne, SAPS investigative psychology section head

This article first appeared on 702 : Labuschagne reflects on 14-year career of investigations in SAPS


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