n Annual Survey of South African Law - Criminal procedure and sentencing

Volume 2013, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0376-4605



The Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) Amendment Act 6 of 2010 came into operation on 18 January 2013 (GG 36080). This Act will amend the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 by inserting ss 36A, 36B and 36C in Chapter 3 of the Act. In terms of these new provisions it will now be compulsory for police officials to take the fingerprints of certain categories of persons. The South African Police Service will also be able to retain and store these fingerprints and body-prints on a database, and the prints may also be used for the purposes of comparative (and cold-case) searches. This Amendment Act further provides for the integrity, operating procedures and general management of these databases.

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