The DNA backlog at the country’s crime labs grew by 70,000 cases since June 2021.
The Authority of the National Forensic Oversight and Ethics Board (DNA Board) was grilled by members of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee (PPC) on police to answer questions about its contradictory statistics.
PPC chairperson Tina Joemat-Petersen ordered the board to appear again.
“And I have a long list of all the dates and when you told us when that you’re going to eradicate the backlog. You’ve given us information. Your information contradicts itself because we did an analysis of what you have been telling us. I’ve consistently asked that you do not come to this committee to mislead us.”