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Some criminal cases delayed by up to three years due to DNA backlog

Over the weekend, Police Minister Bheki Cele visited several forensic laboratories and expressed concern over a backlog of about 240 000 DNA samples that needed to be analysed.

Freedom Front Plus president Dr Pieter Groenewald said what made the situation more untenable was that President Cyril Ramaphosa, Minister Cele and national police commissioner General Khehla Sitole have repeatedly acknowledged the crisis and promised to address it.

“The number of outstanding tests have increased by 64 844 since February,” Groenewald said.

He said some of the cases have been delayed for almost three years due to outstanding tests.

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