DNA bill by year end

2013-07-31 22:37
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Cape Town - MPs are edging closer to passing the DNA bill - a much needed tool to improve conviction rates in the country.

"The first bill that was introduced didn't take into account the human rights issues... and for that reason we felt it more important to address these human rights issues before we dealt with the bill," committee chair Annelize van Wyk said.

"We went through the schedule one offences and prioritised those that should be there, like your serious crimes, your violent crimes, your sexual crimes, treason, firearms [offences], and a couple of others as well," said Van Wyk.

Van Wyk said she was confident the bill would be passed by the National Assembly before the end of the year.

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