The woman who profiles South Africa’s most vicious crimes
16 October 2021 | 3:56 pm
Lieutenant Colonel Elmarie Myburgh is the only profiler in the South African police service. It is a daunting task in one of the most violent countries in the world, where a person is killed every 25 minutes and 115 rapes are reported each day.
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