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KZN's 'DNA project' successful in tracking serial killers, rapists

Senior prosecutors in KwaZulu-Natal are scouring DNA reports to identify serial rapists.

KZN's director of public prosecutions (DPP) advocate Elaine Zungu said DNA testing by the forensic laboratory had been speeded up by the National Prosecuting Authority's (NPA) DNA project, which started in October 2020.

At a media briefing on Friday, she said her division forwarded its list of outstanding cases where DNA was required to those who manage the project and “KZN is fortunate as we have received more than 1,000 of these reports”.

“Some indicate that the accused’s DNA has been linked to other cases in KZN and, in some instances, other provinces. Such a person can be classified as a serial rapist. The NPA is looking at how these cases will be uniformly approached,” she said.

“In the interim, there is a KZN team working on all the DNA reports received since the inception of the project to identify serial rapist cases.”

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