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DNA backlog affects cases

DNA backlogs are affecting court cases and are allowing some rapists to walk free.

This was revealed by Pietermaritzburg Life Line Director Sinikiwe Biyela on Tuesday at a media briefing held at their offices ahead of the start of the 16 days of activism against women and children.

Biyela said a check in February this year revealed they had over 215 000 outstanding DNA cases that were not analysed in the five district municipalities that they are working in across the province.

She said this is affecting the progress of rape cases in the courts and it is a lot to deal with as an organisation.

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