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New DNA database planned for South Africa

The Department of Police published the proposed Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) Amendment Bill for public comment in June, with the deadline set to close on Friday (15 July).

The bill’s primary objective is to contribute toward the population of a forensic DNA database provided for in the Act and maintained by the South African Police Service.

It is expected that having a robust DNA database will assist in both conducting forensic investigations and helping find suspects in solved crimes.

The department said that collecting buccal samples is especially crucial as many convicted of violent crimes are usually repeat offenders.

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