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SAPS says DNA samples in GBV cases are prioritized.

Article by: Dumisane Dube

The South African Police Services has assurance the country that they have prioritized DNA samples required for court cases linked to gender-based violence

This follows the disappearance of forensic exhibits in the National Forensic DNA Database due to the Property Control and Exhibit Management (PCEM) system after being shut down by the service provider in June 2020.

“DNA samples required for court cases especially related to Gender Based Violence cases as well as DNA samples needed for identification of persons for burials are being prioritized,” said police spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo

Naidoo said the SAPS management assures the nation that the backlog in the Forensic Laboratories is being dealt with the urgency it deserves.

“The FEM system went live on the 6th of April 2021 and approximately 10 million samples from the Forensic Laboratory Admin System have been loaded into the FEM system where samples can be tracked and traced at the click of a button.” Added Naidoo.

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