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New law will allow for DNA samples to be taken from prisoners to curb GBV in country

Cape Town - Parliament believes the passing of a Bill that will allow for the taking of DNA samples from prisoners convicted for serious crimes will crack down against serious crimes and gender-based violence.

Chairperson of the portfolio committee on police Tina Joemat-Pettersson said on Wednesday the Bill now has to go to the House for adoption.

The passing of the bill comes as more GBV cases are reported across the country.

Civil society, political parties, gender groups, and other role players have been urging government to tighten measures.

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