South Africa police service are now without access to 8 million pieces of evidence since last year June, this also includes the computerized weapons monitoring system which is used to monitor over 500 thousand police firearms.
This started when SAPS failed to pay FDA their payment for a computer system that helps detectives to keep track of all evidence collected at crime scenes, and also the computerized firearm register (CFR) which keeps track of all police firearms in South Africa. the FDA (Forensic Data Analysis) then shut down the system last year June.
According to www.news24.co.za, The tug war over non-payments as well as the ownership of the system has been going to court for year's and both parties including SITA ( SITA been on the SAPS side) have already gone to court nine times, with FDA winning court ruling, SAPS haven't reached agreements between the two parties on paying what is due to FDA.
Tlali Tlali the head of cooperating office at SITA (State Information Technology Agent) said the crux between state and FDA was that the computer system was developed under the guardian and control of the state, therefore it belongs to the state.
Now, police are back to a manual register of new evidence pieces and also for firearms records, the founder of the FDA Keith Kitching who was a police officer, and the chairperson vhonani Mufamadi has said that they will only resume operating the system after getting their payments, and that police can't have access to the evidence.
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