29 January 2014
The IFP calls on the minister on Police to
urgently address the national crisis of the delays in the
processing of blood tests for drunk drivers at Forensic
Chemistry Laboratories across the country, especially in
provinces like the Eastern Cape.
IFP spokesperson on Police, MP Velaphi Ndlovu
said “There are many toxicology, drunk driving and post mortem
samples waiting to be processed at Forensic Chemistry
Laboratories across the country. Too many tears are shed by
grieving families while the culprits are getting away with
murder. After parliament had passed the DNA Act, the IFP
expected that there would be no backlog. The process to
prosecute offenders should have been quicker by now”
delays in blood tests of drunk drivers in the Eastern Cape allow
them to escape the wrath of the law.
taking drastic steps to solve this problem, the minister has
shown that our criminal justice system is failing crime victims
and compromising road safety in general as culprits who are not
taken off the road can re-offend. Dangerous drivers have no
place on our roads and those responsible for the huge delay in
processing these blood tests need to be fired”, said Ndlovu.
The IFP further calls on Helen Sauls-August,
the MEC for Safety and Liaison in the Eastern Cape, to ensure
that there is increased capacity and resources for the Forensic
Science Laboratory to do their jobs faster.
IFP Spokesperson on Police Mr VB Ndlovu MP, 083 625 0803
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