President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the state has begun implementing interventions in DNA testing at forensic labs, as a way to tackle the backlog in GBVF cases.
The President’s Desk took to Twitter on Friday, 7 May 2021, to share the sentiments of President Cyril Ramaphosa from his parliamentary question and answer session. The session was conducted on Thursday, 6 May 2021, in a hybrid parliamentary session.
One of the questions Ramaphosa answered was on the remedial actions that have been implemented by the government to deal with gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF) in the country. The shared statement focused on the backlog of DNA kits in forensic laboratories.
Ramaphosa was quoted as saying, “These include, amongst others, improving supply chain processes, the procurement of consumables at a cost of R4.2 million, by way of a deviation from National Treasury, for the prioritisation of cases identified by the National Prosecuting Authority, and the filling of vacant posts in Forensic Science Laboratories.”
Moreover, Ramaphosa suggested that the South African Police Service (SAPS), the Department of Justice and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) are in constant communication to ensure that the matter is addressed.
See the post below.
[Read] President Cyril Ramaphosa says government has set in motion interventions to reduce the number of DNA cases at forensic laboratories, as part of efforts aimed at reducing the gender-based violence cases backlog #RamaphosaQandA https://t.co/niD6LEb0fp pic.twitter.com/BDZ5evbnPQ
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