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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