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DNA puts repeat rapist behind bars – Action Society urges president to finalise DNA Bill

A repeat offender rapist is behind bars for the rest of his life because his buccal sample linked him to a Diepsloot rape case in 2017.

“We are hopeful that we will see more rapists and murderers end up in prison because of mandatory buccal samples, ” said Ian Cameron, director of community safety at Action Society. “It is an example of how the DNA Bill effectively supports justice for victims.”

Section 36D(1) of section 2 of the Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) Amendment Act commenced on 31 January 2022. Accordingly, the proclamation brings into effect that the SAPS must take buccal samples of all persons arrested and formally charged on a schedule 8 offence.

The Randburg Magistrates’ Court sentenced Mandulo Moyo to life imprisonment after being apprehended for a second Diepsloot gang rape, just a month after the first incident. The forensic laboratory matched his buccal swab results with the DNA evidence gathered from Lerato Nkobolo’s rape.

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