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Outstanding DNA could delay teen rape case

The wheels of justice are turning slowly for a Mitchells Plain teenager as outstanding DNA evidence once again threatens to delay the case against her alleged rapists, one of whom she has to see at school everyday. The now 16-year-old girl was 14 when she was raped in 2020, allegedly by two other minors who were released on warning.

While the one accused did not return to the school this year, the other still does, causing the teen to face secondary victimisation on a daily basis. The case is expected back in court for trial on March 16, but there is a high probability that it will be postponed due to outstanding DNA evidence caused by a backlog at the SAPS Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL). SAPS Western Cape spokesperson Wesley Twigg said the Senior Public Prosecutor has sent a letter to prioritize the DNA result in the case.

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