iol.co.za 22 Jul, 2021 20:15 am

Brand murder case a stark reminder of how DNA backlog crisis is delaying justice

Brand murder case a stark reminder of how DNA backlog crisis is delaying justice
The National Forensic Science Laboratory is apparently only now busy with the DNA exhibits from the triple-murder case, it came to light in the Hartswater Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

This came to light in the Hartswater Magistrate’ Court today, where the trial had to be postponed until August 12 due to the outstanding DNA results, said Van Wyk.’’DNA results should instead be used as a real-time tool, to speed up the drawn-out processes of the justice system, so that criminals can get their deserved sentences, while all those affected by crime can also get closure as soon as possible.The DA will again engage with acting provincial police commissioner Major-General Henriette de Waal, appealing to the SAPS to keep the pressure on the laboratory for the DNA results of this priority case.Cape Town – The Brand murder case clearly demonstrates the urgency with which South Africa’s DNA backlog crisis – which at the last known date was standing at 200 000 DNA case exhibits – has to be addressed, says Annette van Wyk, a DA councillor at Phokwane Municipality.

Yet, the National Forensic Science Laboratory is apparently only now busy with the DNA exhibits from the triple-murder case.’’Today’s umpteenth delay has once again stood in the way of justice serving its course.

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