Police forensics decreases enormous backlog

From new forensic equipment to additional staff, Saps forensic labs are moving ahead.

FILE: The Saps Forensic Science Laboratory. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The police service has attributed its massive 92 percent reduction in its forensic backlog to an increase in staff capacity and specialised equipment.

Forensic laboratories have managed to decrease the backlog from 59,000 to about 4,440 case entries over the last four years.

This included backlogs in DNA evidence and testing.

The police's Solomon Makgale said they've invested heavily in dealing with the issue.

"Creating an environment where people can be efficient, making sure that they have the right equipment that they have been properly trained and where there were shortages of staff, those issues are being dealt with."