Winning Women | Paving the way for the DNA database

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DNA is one of the objective tools that can be the voice for a victim who can’t speak for themselves. Picture: iStock
DNA is one of the objective tools that can be the voice for a victim who can’t speak for themselves. Picture: iStock

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The work of two pioneer women ensures accurate offender ID and better resolution of sexual assault cases, writes Palesa Dlamini.

In 2015, things changed for rapists and criminals. The amendment of the Criminal Law(Forensic Procedures) Act 37 of 2013 – also known as the DNA Act – made it mandatory for police to take DNA samples from arrestees and all schedule 8 convicted offenders.

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