SAPS' DNA backlog grows to almost 240 000 cases

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The police's DNA backlog continues to grow.
The police's DNA backlog continues to grow.
Sandile Ndlovu

Despite a turnaround plan that the police implemented in March, the backlog in DNA cases continues to rise – standing at a whopping 237 631.

In November last year, Police Minister Bheki Cele told the Portfolio Committee on Police the backlog was 117 738 cases. At that meeting, the police also presented a plan to eradicate the backlog.

However, the backlog was 142 504 cases at the end of December, according to Mark Rogers of the National Forensic Oversight and Ethics Board (NFDD).

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