Police were ready to pay for system to track evidence twice, but Cele stopped it, committee hears

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Police Minister Bheki Cele. (Photo: Jaco Marais/Gallo Images)
Police Minister Bheki Cele. (Photo: Jaco Marais/Gallo Images)

Police portfolio committee chairperson Tina Joemat-Pettersson has laid down the law for police after it emerged that agreements, which would have kept the police's forensics sample tracking system running, were reached twice but were scuppered by Police Minister Bheki Cele.

Joemat-Pettersson wants an investigation into why it has taken the police four years to settle the matter.

City Press reported on Sunday that eight million pieces of evidence could not be found after the Property Control and Exhibit Management System (PCEM) was switched off by Forensic Data Analysis (FDA) - the system supplier - after the police failed to pay for it.

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