DA’s Andrew Whitfield has called out Cele and Motsoaledi for failing to allow the DNA Amendment Bill, resulting in 96 800 violent offenders’ samples not being taken.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Police, Andrew Whitfield issued a statement on Thursday, 2 September 2021, emphasising that the delay in amending the DNA Amendment Bill has resulted in 96 800 violent offenders being released in the last five years without their DNA samples being taken. Whitfield noted that in response to a parliamentary question from the DA, the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Ronald Lamola, revealed that since January 2016, 96 875 convicted schedule 8 offenders’ DNAs had not been sampled or added to the National Forensic DNA Database, before they were released on paroled.
The Shadow Minister called out Minister of Police, Bheki Cele and Home Affairs’ Dr Aaron Motsoaledi for having what he has described as “a highly unconstitutional pipedream of a national DNA population database.” He further stressed that many lives would have been saved had the ministers allowed the DNA Bill.
See the post below.
Since 1 January 2016, 96 875 convicted schedule 8 offenders’ DNA was not sampled and therefore not added to the National Forensic DNA Database of Convicted Offenders before they were paroled. – @andrewhitfield https://t.co/IcyeHwn2Im
— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) September 2, 2021