MPs to vote on DNA bill

2013-08-21 14:42

Johannesburg - The National Assembly will vote on the criminal law [forensic procedures] amendment bill on Thursday, the ANC in Parliament said.

"It is of special significance that this bill will pass during Women's Month, given the high number of crimes committed against women and children," the African National Congress said in a statement on Wednesday.

"Such crimes, such as rapes and murders, would now be effectively resolved through this law."

The bill enabled the police to keep a database of DNA profiles that could be used to identify criminals.

"DNA is as unique as fingerprints and while perpetrators can wear gloves to hide their fingerprints, they almost always leave behind DNA on a crime scene," the ANC said.

The bill also obliged police to take the DNA of suspects in serious and violent crimes, such as rape, murder, and house robbery.

"The bill will be applied retrospectively and the DNA of all convicted criminals of these specific crimes will be taken at our correctional facilities and loaded onto the database," it said.

An oversight and ethics board, made up of DNA and human rights experts, would advise on developments in the DNA field, and deal with complaints by the public if they believed their DNA had been abused.

"The passing of this bill will assist the... [police] greatly as an added modern tool to put criminals behind bars.

  • Sattva2 - 2013-08-21 14:50

    the fist people whose DNA should be tested are : President MPs police army navy airforce

      Eterni80 - 2013-08-21 15:15

      next thing you know they'll want a database of hairstyles and fashion. the only way we'll be able to improve law enforcement in SA is to either hire Robocop or ban donuts. wow, I wonder if there's a 'corruption' gene we can test for - ANC members - LINE UP !!

  • Linda Coetzee Van Bruggen - 2013-08-21 14:54

    This is the best idea ever!!! I am all for it.

      Bheki Dladla - 2013-08-21 15:34

      its long overdue really and the best should be the death penalty now that one will sure make a huge difference in this country.

  • Joseph Shange - 2013-08-21 14:55

    Very good!

  • LAVOLPE-ZN - 2013-08-21 15:15

    We're only voting on this now? 13 years into the 21st century?

  • Hayley Kruger - 2013-08-21 15:22

    What is there to vote about? It should have been done ages ago!

      Sanette Kapp - 2013-08-21 15:26

      I thought that same thing Hayley! Why vote on it? Isn't it just plain common sense to have this in place???

  • Clive Wannenburg - 2013-08-21 15:31

    Great news and if we have the Tech should have already been adding to data base, this will help convict criminals and keep records. When passed hope they get morebudget to train CSI teams and strengthen the unit to keep up with demand.

  • Francois Botha - 2013-08-21 15:33

    Why hasn't this been done 10 years ago?

  • Tshepo Korogo - 2013-08-21 15:36

    who ever objects the passing of this bill in parliament probably had a plan to rape or murder.

  • Hanneli Erasmus - 2013-08-21 15:46

    Only now ????

  • Duncan Sime - 2013-08-21 15:47


  • Lynn O'Shea Comley-White - 2013-08-21 16:35

    I would have thought this was already being used. How backward are we??

  • Erich Goosen - 2013-08-21 16:41

    It is shocking to note how the officials and MPs dragged their feet in passing this piece of legislation which was on the drawing board for many years. Hundreds of criminals got away and many crimes remained unsolved because of their impassive actions.

      Truth.speak - 2013-08-21 20:59

      Erich the ANC does not benefit form this Act, no wonder they delayed it

  • Edwin Morena - 2013-08-21 16:48

    Our gov is way behind when it comes to morden scientific techniques.... Y vote now..??? Guess MPs didn't know abt DNA profiling/Using DNA to catch criminals neh....

  • foxiloxi - 2013-08-21 16:52

    My Goodness, the persons fighting for this have been trying to get the government to put this in place for 10 years now!!!

  • Charles A Hodgson - 2013-08-21 16:58

    The pro's outweigh the cons .... I agree with Beatrix all dna from all from birth! Its the only way to get the criminals where they belong!

      WE Werner - 2013-08-21 17:10

      And in the future , you don't agree with the government , they plant your dna on a victim , case closed ?

      Shirley Bisschoff - 2013-08-21 18:32

      That's exactly my concern WE Werner, we also have a police force notorious for messing up crime scenes and contaminating evidence. Very easy to convict the wrong person, as has been done many times in the States.

      Eleana van Niekerk - 2013-08-21 19:59

      Absolutely NOT. Not with notorious politicians, a corrupt police force, etc! What is wrong with this country is not that we don't have access to the relevant data. What is wrong with this country is that criminals are not severly punished enough, have too many 'rights' etc.

  • Man Zanilla - 2013-08-21 17:21

    Why do I have the feeling that the MPs in parliament (the ones with T-shirts on with no Bras) will vote in favor of family members instead of the best interest of the public.

  • Bhramani Nkomo - 2013-08-21 18:00

    Great news,There are lot of ppl in jail stil sayin they are innocent i think this will favour them most.

  • Shirley Bisschoff - 2013-08-21 18:30

    Saps are going to mess this up so badly. Just remember folk, we are all giving off DNA all of the time via skin and hair follicles. It's very easy for an innocent person to end up convicted.

  • Hilbert Wouters - 2013-08-21 19:37

    wow, years after the rest of the world, well, better late than never

  • Truth.speak - 2013-08-21 20:57

    Most important piece of value adding legislation in years. All SAPS members, public servants and ANC politicians to supply their DNA voluntarily

  • Truth.speak - 2013-08-21 21:00

    Only problem our SAPS forensics lab is run by idiots and is so very dysfunctional

  • Kyle McLaren - 2013-08-21 21:19

    The fact that this is only (potentially) happening now - in the year 2013 - is testament to the ANC's lack of interest in curbing the rampant crime (sexual and otherwise) in SA

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