DNA Bill delay sets rapists and murderers loose

The Bill compels collection of DNA samples of those convicted of rape, murder, human trafficking, robbery and culpable homicide.


With forensic laboratory services choking on DNA tests from murder and rape cases, experts are sceptical about the state’s ability to effectively implement the proposed Bill forcing collection of DNA samples of rapists and murders.


Civic organisations have also decried the delay in finalising the Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) Amendment Act 37 of 2013 (Forensic Procedures Act) and the Convicted Offenders Bill as setting rapists and murderers loose. The Bill introduced in 2017 forces convicted Schedule 8 offenders (rape, murder, human trafficking, robbery and culpable homicide) to surrender a buccal DNA sample to the National Forensic DNA Database.


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