MP’s pushing for DNA Bill

Many believe the proposed DNA Bill could have a profound impact on fighting crime and improving conviction rates. Photo: AFP

Parliament – Members of Parliament are working hard to ensure that a much-needed “DNA Bill” gets passed as quickly as possible.

Many advocacy groups believe the proposed law could have a profound impact on fighting crime and improving conviction rates.

If passed, it will compel arrested suspects to give police a DNA sample.

This will then be stored on a national database.

It's hoped detectives could track down criminals responsible for unsolved murders or rapes when they are arrested for other offences.

The bill also aims to improve the DNA capturing, transporting and storing processes to ensure samples are not lost or contaminated.

Police are anticipating a hefty price tag to implement the new system. 

“Looking at the magnitude of what needs to be out in place, infrastructure wise, personnel wise…it is quite some huge amounts in the solving of the crime.

"So I cannot even estimate the amount of how much this bill can cost in totality for the people of the country, but it may be very expensive,” said Adeline Shezi of the SAPS Forensics Services. 

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