MPs condemn rape kit shortage

2013-03-04 18:58

Cape Town - A shortage of DNA kits for rape cases at police stations has been condemned by Parliament's police portfolio committee.

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.

The statement follows media reports that police stations are running out of DNA kits, which are used to collect forensic evidence from rape victims.

It has also been reported that some police stations are resorting to using expired kits.

"The high incidence of rape around the country makes the situation untenable, and we urge the [national] commissioner to resolve this," the committee said.

"Without rape kits we lose crucial evidence, which is key to the successful prosecution of rapists."

The committee said it had written to Phiyega, urging her to act on the matter.

  • Tony Bakkie - 2013-03-04 19:10

    And Riah Phiyega will walk around with her middle finger in the air. Just like all the other bulls**t going on in the SAPS

  • Hazel Patronnellah - 2013-03-04 19:14

    Maybe DA will assist, this is a very serious concern. And they must ensure that full kit is made available, including clothing collecting kit.

  • Colleen Erasmus - 2013-03-04 19:34

    Well a shortage of Rape Kits, outrageous and really sickening! Let's see a shortage of skilled people, doctors, nurses, teachers,schools, textbooks, shortage of reliable transport (not counting the taxis, won't get in one even if u paid me a million dollars), shortage of medical supplies, what else can be added to this list! Sorry people don't mean to sound callous, but its the truth and the ANC says we are making progress! Outer hogwash, we are going backwards!

      SharonE - 2013-03-04 20:00

      Teetering on the edge of an abyss, more like :-(

  • Bernard Mackenzie - 2013-03-04 19:37

    A shortage of rape kits is the awful side effect of the level of the rape rate in SA. My heart breaks.

  • Fairness IsEverything - 2013-03-04 19:39

    Condemn this, condemn that. Stop wasting the public time and money and do something about it. Its like they learn a new word every month. Its pathetic and embarrassing

  • Lee Brand - 2013-03-04 19:40

    We are graced with the best leadership the anc has to offer. She will take 6 months to read the letter, another 6 to respond and then appoint a commision of enquiry that will take 2 years to get to their first hearing. Thats how her boss operates - why should she be any different?

      Gerald Swart - 2013-03-04 23:39

      You're assuming something very dangerous .... that she can actually read.

  • Alan Smith - 2013-03-04 19:41

    No rape kits, no textbooks, no government, no surprise

  • Wike Mood - 2013-03-04 19:43

    even if they get the kits,do they know how to use them?

      Riaan Coetzee - 2013-03-04 20:05

      The docters at hospital use them, not the police.

      Gerald Swart - 2013-03-04 23:36

      Apologies, can't seem to reply directly to Riaan. Riaan, please read the article. "Cape Town - A shortage of DNA kits for rape cases at police stations has been condemned by Parliament's police portfolio committee" ... "The statement follows media reports that police stations are running out of DNA kits, which are used to collect forensic evidence from rape victims."

  • Ian Robert Reid - 2013-03-04 19:44

    Wat can u Xpect new S.A. i respect he legit policeman! those who rape ~ contempt! where r we??

  • Raven Jimmy - 2013-03-04 19:49

    Is this a joke or are we living in the time of peter pan.MPs dont really care and pretend to sure and i know that some of them do have such cases against them.

  • Gerald Swart - 2013-03-04 19:56

    They're condemning a shortage of DNA kits??!!! Why don't they (DA) wake up and smell the roses. The Booysens police station was putting out requests for a vacuum cleaner, a photostat machine, and various other essentials. What the hell is a million DNS test kits going to help if there isn't anyone on duty to even help with a complaint of disturbance of the peace???? Oh, we then found them all in a little back office watching TV, with the volume at full tilt, that we had to scream at the top of our voices to even attract the attention of the 2 that were not asleep. Its all very well to condemn people making fun of the SAPS situation, as it is a laughing stock already. But I think that not only must the DA look at the bigger picture, but a total re-vamp of the SAPS buildings needs to be undertaken. Working in a building that looks like a tumble-down shack is not conducive to job satisfaction and motivation. But then I suppose that is a totaly impossibility, as the funds have been squandered on upgrading of homesteads, complete entourages of politicians and their kith and kin travelling to all parts of the world on chartered aircraft, booking out entire hotels for family and friends along for the ride and to have a great holiday at the expense of the tax payer. Thats if the tax payer has enough money left over after the electricity hikes. This country isn't going the same way as Zimbabwe, it is already there.

  • mantsho.tlali - 2013-03-04 20:03

    Where is Phiyakga? Sitting in the office and chatting, l knew she was a mistake, this country is the Rape Capital of the World, we need somebody strong and clever, The women in SA are not safe at all under the ANC, I cannot wait and see if they will be voting for this party in 2014.

  • Andre - 2013-03-04 20:07

    The money for the kit was allocated to the drinking party in Bloemfontein...!

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2013-03-05 02:50

      Wouldn't surprise me in the least Andre. Anything and I mean ANYTHING is possible with those clowns. It's like they are creatures out of the movie District 9

  • Sarah - 2013-03-04 20:25

    And sadly the polics labs are seriously understaffed and underfunded it can take very long for evidence to be processed.

  • Dan Moore - 2013-03-04 20:42

    SA need to throw their corrupt politicians out. Your poor country is so dysfunctional. SA needs to get it's priorities straight. Oust that rapist president. Real penalties for violent offenders. Rapists and murders need to be executed. Public execution for convicted cop rapists. And for god sake get some damn money for rape kits.

  • marilyn.docherty.9 - 2013-03-04 21:51

    This situation is absolutely ridiculous!! Who will take the responsibility for this blunder? - No one!! The blame will be shifted from one to the other!!

  • jaap.kotze - 2013-03-05 05:54

    To reach and influence the masses, a very new and differant approach is needed. Rape is now ''in'', ''style'', ''fashion'', because of all the talk and hype around it.

  • Rudi Verfuss - 2013-03-05 09:26

    Are post-rape issues the real issue? Look after the victim, but prevent the crime! Why are we lax on criminals? Are we blind to this vortex of violence? We pander to the rights of criminals and allow crime to flourish. Rather lets pull a Giuliani post 9/11: a significant visible and ruthless police force, better armed, stronger, faster...

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