Delays in Blood Test for Drunk Drivers Must be Addressed

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”.


 Massive delays in blood tests of drunk drivers in the Eastern Cape allow them to escape the wrath of the law.


 “By not 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.


Issued by:
IFP Spokesperson on Police Mr VB Ndlovu MP, 083 625 0803


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