Action Society has submitted a complaint with the Office of the Public Protector to request the following matters be investigated urgently:
- the failure to deal with the backlog of DNA evidence in a sufficiently expeditious manner; and
- the failure to effectively manage and maintain the PCEM system.
The parties responsible which must be investigated are the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele; the DNA Oversight Board; the South African Police Service (SAPS); the State Information Technology Agency SOC Ltd (Sita); and President Cyril Ramaphosa. These parties have, through their inaction, or alternatively their unduly delayed and insufficient action, allowed this status quo to persist much longer than is acceptable.