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Cele says prisoners must comply in taking samples.

If things went according to the wishes of Police Minister Bheki Cele, there would be no need to use minimal force to take DNA samples from prisoners sentenced for serious crimes and sexual offences.

“It will be very good if everybody just complies and we get these buccal (samples) and we go on with life,” Cele said on Wednesday.

Cele made the statement when he was responding to concerns from MPs about a provision in the proposed Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) Amendment Bill that provides for use of minimal force on prisoners who refuse to submit to the taking of DNA samples.

The bill is aimed at the taking of DNA samples from all persons convicted under Schedule 8 offences.

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