Carina Koen
1 minute read
9 Dec 2020
5:30 am

DNA-testing crisis needs a plan from govt

Carina Koen

If a rapist knows he (most perpetrators are men) is unlikely to get caught on the basis of physical evidence, or that he will wait years to ever appear in court, what is to deter him?

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Thousands of victims of rape are going through additional anguish, knowing their wait for justice is being extended – or that they may never even see the perpetrators brought to book – because the police forensic system responsible for DNA testing is in a shambles. The backlog at the National Forensic Science Laboratories (NFSL), which is the government organisation which does the tests, now stands at a scarcely believable 117 736, according to the Democratic Alliance (DA). The DA has called on National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole to urgently consider partnerships with private laboratories to tackle the backlog. The...