Parliament fully behind ‘overdue’ DNA Bill

The Bill provides for the insertion of a new provision in respect of transitional arrangements contained in the Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) Amendment Act to ensure its full implementation.

MPs and various political parties fully supported the passing of the Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) Amendment Bill in the National Assembly on Tuesday.

The Bill provides for the insertion of a new provision in respect of transitional arrangements contained in the Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) Amendment Act to ensure its full implementation.

Section 7 of the Act provides for the taking of buccal (saliva) samples from any person convicted of a crime listed in Schedule 8, including rape, murder, human trafficking, robbery and culpable homicide.

The primary objective of the Bill was to contribute towards the population of a forensic DNA database, which was provided for in the Act and maintained by the South African Police Service, for the purpose of conducting forensic investigations in respect of unresolved crimes.

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