The police ministry says that the DNA of more than 9,000 unidentified people was found at crime scenes across the country. This came to light as the South African Police Service (SAPS) worked on reducing its DNA analysis backlog from 240,000 to 71,000 cases in six months.
The backlog has led to delays in many court cases across the country which require DNA results to proceed. Police Minister Bheki Cele says police are searching for 9,234 people who have been identified through DNA analysis to ongoing crime investigations.
"People we have not found but we know that we have their DNA in our bank, which will be easy to link those people the day there are found," Minister Cele said.