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DNA Bill Tabled in Parliament

Department of Police

The Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) Amendment Bill has been tabled in parliament.

Cabinet approved the Bill in April for tabling in parliament.

According to the cabinet statement issued at the time, the proposed legislation will seek to promote the use of DNA in crime-fighting efforts. It will also regulate how this is done, taking constitutional requirements into account.

"The use of DNA evidence holds the potential to alleviate blockages in the criminal justice system".

The bill seeks to amend the South African Police Service Act in order to set up the national forensic DNA database.

Amendments are also proposed for the Firearms Control Act and the Explosives Act.

A single bill was originally tabled in parliament in 2009.

However, the police committee decided to only deal with the fingerprint part of the bill. This was subsequently passed into law.

A separate DNA bill was then drafted.

This bill has now been placed before parliament for consideration.

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