PRETORIA - The South African Police Service (SAPS) has entered into a procurement contract with a company to supply a variety of evidence collection kits.
In 2017, reports of alleged corruption between a supplier and certain police officers emerged compelling the SAPS to stop purchasing evidence collection kits from that supplier, the police ministry and SAPS said in a joint statement on Sunday.
Before the termination of transactions with that supplier, the process of procurement and distribution of the rape kits was managed nationally by SAPS head office supply chain management.
This meant that at national level, supply chain would procure the kits and distribute them throughout the country and the numbers were managed on a centralised system.
As time progressed, kits were being used but not replaced due to the termination of the contract. It was then that SAPS management had introduced a contingency measure by instructing provinces to start procuring these evidence collection (rape) kits on a quotation basis. This was done as and when the need arose, pending the finalisation of the awarding of a bid to single successful supplier.