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Police's forensic services on the brink of collapse due to dodgy contracts

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A forensic officer investigates a crime scene in Soweto.
A forensic officer investigates a crime scene in Soweto.
Sandile Ndlovu

The police's forensic services are on the brink of collapse due to an "impasse in the SAPS supply chain environment" after an investigation was launched into alleged corrupt procurement practices.

Despite "numerous" warnings from the National Forensic Oversight and Ethics Board, this matter remains unresolved and the courts have released serial offenders due to a lack of DNA evidence.

Two weeks ago, the SAPS reported to the Portfolio Committee on Police on the fourth quarter of the 2019-2020 financial year and the first quarter of 2020-2021. The presentations painted a grim picture of the police's forensic laboratories, which failed to reach most of its targets.

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