State-run forensic science labs can't be trusted: Analyst

The Forensic Science Lab in Braamfontein may have to be shut down. According to reports the facility which services Gauteng, Free State and the North West is not up to standard. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Government-run forensic science labs cannot be trusted, according to IRS Forensic investigator Chad Thomas.

He was responding to reports that the Braamfontein forensic lab may have to be shut down as it's not up to standard.

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"It's a very sad state of affairs when it comes to labs and not just Braam. When you look at 71 labs managed by the SAPS there are challenges," Thomas said.

The Braamfontein forensic lab, which serves three provinces, has backlogs going back as far as 2005. 

There are also allegations of corruption, mismanagement and lack of skills.

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"There are tests that need to be done that are not done correctly so you have post mortem reports outstanding for years.

"Families don't know how their kids died due to reports that were not presented on time or may not have been presented at all," he added.