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DNA backlog takes priority, says cop Masemola

The South African Police Service (SAPS) has come under heavy criticism as the backlog has led to delayed justice for victims of violent crime.

General Commissioner of the National Police Sehlale Fannie Masemola. Photo: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG — New National Police Commissioner Gen. Sehlahle Masemola said Monday the DNA backlog was a priority and more people had been hired to help reduce it.

At the end of 2021, Police Minister Bheki Cele revealed that the backlog of DNA analyzes in the country stood at more than 24,000 samples which had not yet been processed.

Cele recently told the media that the stack of forensic labs would be cleared in six months, while the newly appointed chief police officer said everything was being done to ensure the situation never happened again.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) has come under heavy criticism as the backlog has led to delayed justice for victims of violent crime.

Masemola said the machines needed to process DNA samples in the country’s forensic labs had been repaired and more efforts would be made to ensure they remained in good working order.

He said everyone was on board to clear the DNA backlog: “We’re employing more numbers in terms of the environment, and we’re also employing about 200 scientists.”

The commissioner also said officers from gender-based violence (GBV) desks in police stations would be made aware of the seriousness of these cases.

“Whenever a vulnerable person or a victim comes to the police station not being mocked, they should be taken seriously and should be assisted,” Masemola said.

Masemola said they are working to fast-track the establishment of GBV desks in all police stations across the country.



DNA backlog takes priority, says cop Masemola

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