n Annual Survey of South African Law - Sentencing

Volume 2009, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0376-4605



For some time now section 271A of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 provides that certain previous convictions 'fall away' ten years after the date of conviction. Generally speaking these convictions are limited to less serious crimes (cf Du Toit et al (Service 35, 2006) 27-3; Terblanche (2007) 84-85). Further provisions affecting the accused's record ofprevious convictions have been introduced through the Criminal Procedure Amendment Act 65 of 2008, which came into operation on 6 May 2009. Sections 271B to 271E provide in detail for the expungement of certain previous criminal records.

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