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Parliament slams National Forensic Laboratory for failing to provide accurate data on DNA backlog

The Authority of the National Forensic Oversight and Ethics Board has come under fire from the members of the Portfolio Committee on Police on the figures it presented about the DNA sample backlog.

The Committee criticises the board, saying it is presenting inaccurate figures about the backlog in DNA samples when the samples are a critical component in the fight against the scourge of gender-based violence crimes in the country.

The South African Police Forensic Science Laboratory says it has a backlog of thousands of DNA samples which it has to process and finalise by the end of next month.

The Laboratory briefs the committee on the backlog and accumulated DNA samples for the year under review, leaving members of parliament less than impressed and accusing the Board of contradicting itself as well as being ill-prepared.

Chairperson for the Portfolio Committee on Police, Tina Joemat-Peterson comments on how clearing the DNA backlog is essential as an issue of justice.

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