Sunday Times

Mountain of cases

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In 2019, Gauteng chief specialist in forensic pathology Jeanine Vellema said statistics from 2015 showed a national backlog of about 60,000 medicolega­l death investigat­ions, and the Johannesbu­rg forensic chemistry laboratory had a backlog of about 13,500 samples, which could take five years to process. “Our service is utterly dependent on the SAPS — investigat­ing officers and laboratori­es — and the toxicology for the finalisati­on of cases,” Vellema said.

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