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Rape accused goes on to rape & murder child, after being set free pending DNA tests in earlier rape

The backlog in DNA testing in cases of violent crime has been flagged by a KwaZulu-Natal judge after a rape accused, who was set free pending DNA analysis, went on to rape and murder a child.

In April last year, it was reported that the backlog, caused in part by a dispute with a service provider, was more than 210 000 cases.

Judge Mohini Moodley, sitting in the Mtunzini Circuit Court, said the matter before her was a "clear example" of the tragic consequences of the backlog. The judge said it affected victims of gender-based violence and the administration of justice.

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