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Gauteng DNA testing backlog drops to 5 006 cases

n the previous quarter’s crime stats, it was announced that the backlog for Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Gauteng and North West stood at 46 281 cases combined - 5 008 new cases have since been added.

During an oversight visit to the SAPS Forensic Lab in Arcadia on November 28, the police announced that Gauteng’s DNA backlog has dropped to 5 006 cases.

The oversight visit was conducted by the DA as part of its 16 Days of Activism against violence inflicted on women and children to determine the cause of the delays in clearing Gauteng’s DNA backlog. These interventions included a two-stream system dubbed “flexi-time”, in which one group of people work on the backlog whilst the other attends to new cases.

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