Police's DNA backlog: It has 'catastrophic consequences for the criminal justice system' - DA

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The latest: The DA and FF Plus are not backing off on the matter of the police's DNA backlog, as well as the information system for tracking and tracing DNA samples being offline since June last year.

What we know: At Wednesday's meeting of the Portfolio Committee on Police, Police Minister Bheki Cele admitted he only learned "by chance" last week that the police haven't processed any DNA evidence samples in January and February.

What else: It also emerged that the police were, on two occasions, ready to pay for a system by Forensic Data Analysts (FDA) to keep track of evidence, the Property Control and Exhibit Management System (PCEM), but Cele blocked it on both occasions. This led to the system being switched off in June and eight million pieces of evidence can subsequently not be found.

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