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Cyril Ramaphosa Commends Expansion of Police Forensic Lab in Gqeberha

Published September 21, 2023
8 months ago

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has commended the ahead-of-schedule and under-budget expansion of the police forensic science laboratory in Gqeberha, which anticipates faster resolution of DNA analysis bottlenecks that impede criminal investigations. The development, as per the South African Police Services (SAPS), is a significant step towards improving the country's response to Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and femicide cases.

President Ramaphosa emphasized that enhanced forensic capabilities will empower police to build robust cases backed by solid evidence, leading to the successful conviction of culprits. "It's an impressive achievement that this facility upgrade has been completed six months early and under budget," he noted.

SAPS have reiterated that the DNA Lab's expansion will substantially enhance DNA analysis efforts, thus serving in the best interest of crime victims, particularly those affected by GBV and femicide. Since becoming operational in February this year, the upgraded facility has processed over 6,000 DNA samples, significantly reducing workload pressure on other laboratories.

Brigadier Athlenda Mathe, SAPS National Spokesperson, stated, "Owing to the high volume of crimes requiring DNA investigation, the Biology section expanded its scientific scope to include DNA analysis, enabling an average case volume management of 800 cases per month."

Post the laboratory inauguration, President Ramaphosa addressed the women in law enforcement parade at the Wolfson Stadium, dedicated to those serving in justice, crime prevention, and security sectors.

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