Rape kits shortage a 'matter of urgency'

2013-03-05 10:20

Johannesburg - There is a shortage of DNA rape kits at police stations in Gauteng and North West, it was reported on Tuesday.
Police management had ignored calls for meetings to discuss the shortage, The Times reported.

The kits are used to collect DNA forensic evidence from rape victims.

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

In an e-mail seen by the newspaper, Pretoria pathology service deputy director Jaco Louw wrote: "The absence of these items [rape-kits] opens huge loopholes in terms of control over evidence and the chain of custody of evidence, resulting in suspects walking free.

"Despite meetings with police cluster commanders, our facilities still do not receive DNA kits or sexual assault kits from investigating officers as part of the pathologists' post mortem procedures."

National police spokesperson Brigadier Phuti Setati told the newspaper the SA Police Service was aware of a shortage of the kits at some police stations, but that there was an oversupply in other provinces.

"As a result, we have embarked on a process of redistribution of the forensic kits to where shortage is being experienced."

Parliament’s police portfolio committee earlier condemned the shortage of DNA kits for rape cases at police stations.
It urged national police commissioner Riah Phiyega to resolve the matter.

"This is totally unacceptable, and we as the committee strongly condemn the shortage of these kits," it said in a statement on Monday.

  • lacrimosewolf - 2013-03-05 10:35

    So it takes 12 minutes for them to respond to a rape in progress but then they don't have the tools they need to ensure a successful prosecution ( This is beyond shambolic. Yet govt will stare us in the face and say they are serious about rape and other violent crimes. Don't fear the police, fear the sadistic, compulsive liars who are allegedly running the country

      dkh.khuzwayo - 2013-03-05 10:58

      This article just exposes the lies we are being fed by the Police Ministry.

      Badger - 2013-03-05 12:00

      Not sure why they are worried about these "kits" The backlog for DNA testing is around 7 years I believe.

  • shaylene.stenger - 2013-03-05 10:50

    and then they wonder why so many rapes go unreported and why our statistics keep climbing.... Thank you SAPS and ANC!

  • John - 2013-03-05 10:54

    as usual.....well organised!! Take a bow cANCer!!

  • Russell Maxwell - 2013-03-05 10:57

    It's always the next person who should have ordered the kits, lazy people always pass the buck, and who has the majority of lazy people? You are given FAT salaries get off your FAT asses and check that people who have been put in these positions do their jobs properly. Most people in South Africa NOW, cannot work without supervision.

  • Gary5 - 2013-03-05 10:58

    7 months ago the alarm was raised, today it says: we are aware and redistributing from other provinces. Tomorrow it will be :we ordered but no supplies: and so on and so on. Its like the cleaning supplies under the sink story,run out and then tell you.

  • Mokantane Christian Lekgothoane - 2013-03-05 11:01

    So which means these criminals will walk free as a results of this. Geeiz thats so sad.

  • Kay Carakas - 2013-03-05 11:02

    Cops as usual are Sleeping on the job. Nothing new. KFC then zzzzzz

  • mike.bester1 - 2013-03-05 11:04

    And the left hand does not know what the right hand is doing ,typical South African style

  • Donald Ronald - 2013-03-05 11:08

    Haahaaaa sad hey

  • hettie.hansen.3 - 2013-03-05 11:33

    Yes put them in a suit and a situation where they can be corrupt and all is fine. Our people black and white is dying out there,but they will keep on partying and saying everything is well in their world. Stop denying that everything is falling apart in S.A. and start doing something about it and we will walk behind you like one man and become the strong country that we can be.Stop living in the past and built a future for everybody not just yourselves. It is a crying shame that people die of no meds. rape kits available so few good policeman available, please wake up and smell the garbage around you people let us do something constructive for a change......

  • T-bos Man - 2013-03-05 11:52

    Hope its the manufacturer who is failing to meet the demand and not that the funds are not available

  • msturmair - 2013-03-05 12:41


  • ndou.miranda - 2013-03-05 15:03

    Ya ne.

  • Annemarie White - 2013-03-05 16:16

    Okay. I have now heard all. In 7 months the oversupplied and undersupplied have not been balanced. If somebody, anybody, can please tell me: what is it that this government does not lie about?

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