SA plans forensic turnaround

2012-04-04 19:02
Pretoria - Lengthy delays in acquiring forensic test results have harsh effects on the lives of many South Africans, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Wednesday.

The government hoped to turn around the situation by consistent investment in the study of forensic chemistry and the establishment of a fourth forensic laboratory.

Launching an internship collaboration between the department of health and the University of Pretoria, Motsoaledi said the project would address the massive backlogs at forensic laboratories.

"With this partnership, we believe and we hope that the lives of South Africans will change," he said.

"This [project] will improve efficiency and turnaround times because of the speed at which the pending cases will be finalised."

Budgeted at R12m for tuition and accommodation at the campus, the seven-month programme caters for the training of 70 unemployed graduates in the fields of chemistry, biochemistry and chemical engineering, drawn from all the provinces.

"Our plan is to skill and develop these students at this university and later on we expose them to our laboratories," Motsoaledi said.

He said the fourth forensic laboratory would be established in KwaZulu-Natal, to support the existing ones in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria.

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