South African Police Service (Saps) spokesperson, Brigadier Vish Naidoo says the police never stopped purchasing rape kits for police stations and police stations always had access to various evidence collection kits.
Naidoo is responding to concerns raised by the police parliamentary portfolio committee about the shortage of rape kits used to gather evidence from survivors at police stations.
Clement Manyathela on the Xolani Gwala Show speaks to Naidoo on the shortage of rape kits.
When there were reports of investigations of alleged corruption between a supplier and certain members of the Saps which emerged at the Standing Committee on Public Accounts and at the Portfolio Committee on Police, we had to stop all interactions and transactions with that company at that time.— Brigadier Vish Naidoo, Spokesperson - Saps
He says a shortage of evidence collection kits, as well as rape kits, was discovered. Instructions were sent to all provinces to start procurement on a quotation basis and purchasing continued.
The kits were always there. I can confirm that there are always kits available, the pediatric as well as adults rape kits.— Brigadier Vish Naidoo, Spokesperson - Saps
He admits there might have been a few cases where there were no rape kits in the police stations but they would still have been able to obtain them.
Listen below to the full interview: