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Police Minister assures the nation that all police stations across the country have Rape Kits in stock

PRETORIA - Minister of Police, General Bheki Cele on Wednesday 13 November 2019, gave feedback to Parliament on the progress made in the delivery of essential evidence collection kits to police stations.

The Minister has assured the National Assembly as well as the rest of the country that as things stand, no police station is without Rape Kits. 'Rape Kits' is a common term used to refer to kits used to collect evidence from victims of sexual assault and rape. Following reports that some police stations had insufficient Rape Kits in stock, the SAPS entered into a contract with a supplier which would provide kits for the next three years.

The supplier has provided police stations with 16 different types of Rape Kits including, Adult Sexual Assault Collection Kits, Paediatric Sexual Assault Collection Kits and Buccal Sample Collection Kits used to collect samples from alleged perpetrators of these crimes.

Minister Cele has commended the roll-out to all police stations. At least we know that we have three years of supply and there will be no shortages. The low supply of such an essential Kits at any police station must be avoided at all costs. - Cele concluded.

Source: South African Police Service

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