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DNA tests taking long: Granny unable to bury her granddaughter

Seven months after her decayed body was found in a shallow grave, a Limpopo lady’s corpse is still lying at South African Police Service Forensic Science Laboratory, for deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) analyses.

Police Spokesperson Franse Mokwena confirmed DNA tests directed at the women’s’ hair and nails to decide her identity has so far showed unsuccessful.

“The tests is being centered on her teeth,” clarified Mokwena.

“Regardless of whether she is recognised, police are following the standard technique to confirm her identity through DNA tests to back-up our proof in an official courtroom,” said Mokwena.

He said police  will hand over the body to the family for burial once the DNA probes are completed. But could not say when.

Mokwena said the suspect has on a few events remanded into custody, pending further investigations.

A relative, Dipuo Moatshe said they are oblivious, saying the long technique for DNA test is incurring significant damage to the family, more particularly the grandma.

“The shack in which the deceased shared with her granny and her three kids in Mohlasedi village, Ga-Seleka is now deserted,” said Dipuo.

Dipuo said the granny and the little children have been living with a relative in Mokopane for the past three months.

Upon inquiry by Lephalale Express Online News, police couldn’t clarify why DNA tests were taking a long time to be concluded.

“As soon as the investigating officer gets DNA tests results, the family will be informed accordingly,” said police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe

Florah Moatshe, (23) disappeared on April 29, 2017, in the wake of having a fight with her ex-boyfriend.

Over a month later her crumpled body was found in the shallow grave.

Ngoepe said at the time, a vivacious effort by the police prompted the arrest of the 31-year-old ex-boyfriend.

He drove the police to a shallow grave along the banks of Phalala River in Ga-Seleka close Tom Burke where Moatshe’s decomposed body was found.

What is DNA test and how it is done?

Genetic tests are performed on a sample of blood, hair, skin, amniotic fluid (the fluid that surrounds a fetus during pregnancy), or other tissue. For example, a procedure called a buccal smear uses a small brush or cotton swab to collect a sample of cells from the inside surface of the cheek.

In cases where traditional fingerprints are not found, DNA profiling may provide the answer to the question: Who was present at a crime scene? These physical properties of DNA have made it a critical tool in fighting crime.




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