The chairperson of Portfolio Committee on Police, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, yesterday asked the pressure group Action Society to desist from continuing their Virtual Protest Action (https://actionsociety.co.za/dna-backlog/) as it is flooding her inbox. Action Society’s #SwitchOffGBV campaign was launched after the head of the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), Major General Edward Ngokha,
During the meeting of the National Forensic Oversight Ethics Board and the Portfolio Committee on Police, the head of the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), Major General Edward Ngokha, this morning confirmed that the current DNA backlog yesterday stood at 172,787 cases. “For the months of January and February 2021 no
The forensic science laboratory’s (FSL) electronic registry system, which manages evidence for DNA analysis, has been down for almost a year. “Obviously this has an enormous impact on the handing over and processing of DNA tests as it is now done manually,” says Dr Rineé Pretorius, spokesperson for Action Society.
Action Society would now like to invite public and media members to engage in their live tweets as the status quo regarding the DNA backlog unravels. A progress report regarding this issue will be discussed when the National Forensic Oversight Ethics Board on 2 March 2021 appears before the Portfolio
Andy Kawa’s horrifying 15-hour rape ordeal once again shook the nation. She was gang raped in broad daylight on King’s Beach in the Eastern Cape over ten years ago. The saddest truth is that she cannot close this on-going devastating chapter of her life since none of the perpetrators has
The fact that President Cyril Ramaphosa adhered to his 2020 State of the Nation Address (SONA) promises and amended legislation that might combat gender based violence (GBV), makes Action Society excited about tonight’s speech. “In an effort to curb SA’s shocking statistics of violence against women and children, we believe
Action Society welcomes the private sector-led, multi-sectoral Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) Response Fund government launched yesterday. According to President Cyril Ramaphosa it is aimed at supporting the implementation of the National Strategic Plan (NSP), and the wider GBVF response in the country. “On government’s side this is a giant
The pressure group Action Society strongly condemns the actions by members of the police for arresting a father who went to buy formula milk for his new-born baby. The man was detained in the early hours of Friday morning on 8 January, within walking distance of his Centurion home, after