Parliamentary Question: DoP: Replacement of forensic science laboratory equipment

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QUESTION NO 2622

Mrs L S Chikunga (ANC) to ask the Minister of Police:
(1) Whether the forensic science laboratory (FSL) has a strategy to deal with the replacement of equipment; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;

(2) whether the FSL has a list of equipment that is regarded as critical or essential; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;
(3) (a) what qualifies equipment as essential or critical and (b) what process must be followed in order to decommission equipment;
(4) whether all equipment purchased in the past two years by the FSL is fully operational; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

REPLY:
(1) Yes, the Department’s Information Communication Technology (ICT) replacement strategy directed by Division: Technology Management Services is applied in the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) in as far as the replacement of equipment is concerned.
(2) Yes, there is a list of such equipment regarded as critical or essential related to the respective processes performed in each laboratory discipline.
(3) (a) Equipment without which a laboratory process / activity cannot be
performed whose non-availability impacts negatively on the case work output is considered critical or essential.
(b) The prescribed Supply Chain Management process for the decommissioning / boarding of equipment is applied in order to decommission equipment. Such equipment is identified and communicated to the Divisional Commissioner: Supply Chain Management with a motivation for authorization purposes after which equipment is disposed off accordingly.
(4) No, there are equipment that were procured for the Forensic Science Laboratory which are not fully operational because of the building project which was abandoned by the contractor appointed by the Department of Public Works who was liquidated. The Department of Public Works was engaged and the process to appoint another contractor to finalize the project which should enable the activation of equipment purchased in the past two years to be fully operational.



Reply to question 2622 approved by MINISTER