Government slammed over rape kits

2013-03-06 21:44
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Pretoria - Incompetent supply chain systems in government were behind shortages of rape kits in Gauteng and North West, lobby group AfriForum said on Wednesday.

Head of community safety Reg Crewe said the requisite forensic evidence was vital to back up police findings on rape crimes.

"In light of the serious [amount of] reported rapes, and the huge public outcry, one would think government would regard this matter as serious and worthy of their most urgent attention," he said.

"It is, however, impossible to ignore the reality in South Africa today. To top it all, victims' rights are now trampled on due to incompetent supply chains within government."

Crewe urged the authorities to ensure that sexual assault and rape kits were always available at police stations across the country.

"Victims deserve justice, and justice deferred is justice denied."

On Tuesday it was reported that police management had ignored calls for meetings to discuss the shortage of kits used to collect DNA forensic evidence from rape victims.

The Gauteng health department's forensic pathology service reportedly raised the shortage as a matter of urgency more than seven months ago.

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