Various stakeholders say South Africa’s new DNA Bill is the answer to solving some cold cases and prosecuting the perpetrators. Eyewitness News reports that the country’s Parliament is backing the Bill and says it will go a long way in addressing sample backlogs. The rate of recidivism in South Africa is one of the highest globally, which means convicted criminals are more likely to be involved in crime than the general population. The bill will require that DNA samples for schedule 8 criminal offenses are taken and stored in a database.
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