At least 161 cases related to gender-based violence have been thrown out of Western Cape courts.

This was revealed by the province’s Cape Court Watching Brief Unit in a parliamentary reply.

The unit monitored cases from December 2020 until August 2021.

In the majority of cases, the report has showed that the evidence of DNA samples wasn’t available a reasonable timeframe.

A letter has been written to the provincial top brass to respond to the report.

The DA’s spokesperson Social Development, Gillion Bosman, says believe that the figures could be higher.

“We maintain that National Government must immediately give real meaning to their various pledges on ending the war against sexual assault, GBV, and femicide. This starts by equipping our forensic science laboratories, supporting our men and women in blue, and taking every possible measure to keep all residents safe”.