Rorisang Kgosana
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14 Oct 2021
6:20 am

Bill delay means no DNA from dangerous criminals

Rorisang Kgosana

Lamola confirmed in answers to questions in parliament last month that 96,875 convicted schedule 8 offenders have been released since January 2016 without their DNA samples being taken.

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More than 90,000 murderers and rapists released on parole in the past five years went back into society without their DNA samples being taken. That problem could persist until the South African Police Service (Saps) presents the Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) Amendment Bill to parliament. And Saps and President Cyril Ramaphosa face possible court action for failing to sign the Bill before its expiry in 2017. Civil organisation Action Society had given government until 20 September to rectify things and now intends to head to the courts. “These legal proceedings are necessary due to [Police Minister] Bheki Cele’s constant failure...