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Keith Keating. (Jan Gerber, News24)
Keith Keating. (Jan Gerber, News24)

The police's newly developed evidence tracking systems – complex software platforms to trace the movement of millions of crime scene exhibits and guns, pivotal to the functioning of law enforcement – may be plunged into chaos.

This due to an urgent court bid lodged by tech firms Forensic Data Analysts (FDA) and Investigative Software Solutions (ISS), with their controversial boss Keith Keating at the tiller.

Amid dramatic claims that new police systems were reverse-engineered by the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) using stolen source code, the businessman has asked the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria to order their complete shutdown.

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