n Annual Survey of South African Law - Criminal procedure

Volume 2010, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0376-4605



This Act was assented to by the President in October 2010 ( 33607, Vol 544). The Act has at aim to increase the ambit and scope of the existing provisions dealing with the ascertainment of bodily features as set out in section 37 of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977. In terms of section 36B of the Act, a police official must take fingerprints or must cause such prints to be taken of any person arrested upon a charge related to an offence referred to in Schedule 1, or any person released on bail if such a person's fingerprints were not taken upon arrest, or a person upon whom a summons has been served in respect of any offence referred to in Schedule 1, or a person convicted by a court in respect of any offence that the Minister has by notice published in the to be declared an offence for the purposes of this subsection or, from any arrested person irrespective of the charge as well as any person deemed under section 57(6) of the Act to have been convicted of any offence which the Minister has by notice published in the .

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