Reitumetse Makwea
3 minute read
2 Aug 2022
5:45 am

Krugersdorp rapes: Cele told ‘fast-tracking DNA now is too little, too late’

Reitumetse Makwea

Police Minister Bheki Cele said forensic services had started the process of analysing the DNA of more than 80 suspects

Police outside the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court in Johannesburg, 1 August 2022, where over 80 suspects appeared after they were arrested in Gauteng following the gang rape of eight women. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

While questions about the Krugersdorp rapes linger, gender-based violence (GBV) activists say between DNA backlogs, illegal migrants and miners, and policing system failure, it was clear many victims of GBV and other crimes would never see justice. Laboratories were already buckling under pressure, GBV activist Mbali Ntshangase said. Regardless of the magnitude of a case, every victim and survivor deserved justice. However, the government was not seeing the urgency in the DNA process. “Why is the minister only seeing this now? We have been sitting with court cases which we have been waiting two or three years to get results...