DNA tests backlog, lack of translators among reasons why Limpopo court cases delayed - NPA

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in Limpopo believes the delays in concluding court cases, including gender-based violence (GBV) matters, are due to other role-players in the criminal justice system.


The NPA's director of public prosecutions, advocate Ivy Thenga, said GBV cases – mostly rape - were often delayed by the late processing of DNA tests, among others.


"We take these (GBV) cases very seriously. Yes, we have a backlog. Even when we are sitting here, there will be a court case of GBV somewhere. There is an issue of DNA. If we bring these matters before court [without DNA results], we will fail.


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