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Cele says police have cleared 99% of DNA backlog

Minister of Police Bheki Cele, at Friday’s release of the country’s third quarter crime statistics, announced that the South African Police Service (Saps) has cleared its DNA backlog.

“As of yesterday, 16 February 2023, the DNA backlog which was initially over 241 000 is now at 1 600. This is a 99.3% reduction in the country’s DNA backlog figures,” he said.

He went on the confirm that his department had completed the building and capacitation of the laboratory in Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape, which he assured would drastically relieve pressure from the Western Cape laboratory going forward.


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