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No outcome from Cele’s promises to resolve DNA backlog in six months

Action Society congratulates and supports Amnesty International South Africa in taking on Minister Bheki Cele and the police department about the DNA backlog in South Africa related to GBV.

Minister Bheki Cele said in March this year, the DNA backlog will be caught up within six months. Yet, nothing has come of that. “The police is not progressing with eradicating the backlog of DNA tests, as he wants us to believe” said Ian Cameron, director of community safety at Action Society.

Action Society supports the open letter by Amnesty International South Africa, where they emphasised the DNA backlog crisis and demanded the following information from Cele:

The overall DNA backlog figure;

The figure in relation to GBV-specific DNA backlog;

The estimated time to clear the backlog; and

That Cele provide updates on the DNA backlog when reporting on quarterly crime statistics.

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