Adoption of DNA Laws Postponed Again


The far-reaching suffering and turmoil of rape and murder is an unenviable ordeal. So to endure it only to know offenders could repeat or go unpunished for other crimes is a pain in itself. That is what parliament has been accused of, giving these convicts a chance at evading the law and robbing victims of potential justice.


The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Police oversees the police department, South African Police Service (SAPS) and other statutory entities. These include the Independent Police Investigative Directorate, the Civilian Secretariat for Police Service, the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority, the National Forensic Oversight and Ethics Board (DNA Board), and the Hawks.


The committee postponed their meeting on Friday for the approval of the Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) Amendment Bill. No reason or new date was given and this has ruffled the feathers of lobbyist group Action Society. Read more here: https://www.thesouthafrican.com/news/parliament-dna-criminal-law-amendment-police-committee-action-society/