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Thousands of detectives now trained to handle DNA

Thousands have been trained to take forensic samples that will go towards building a national DNA database.

Lieutenant general Kgomotso Phahlane has briefed Parliament's Police Portfolio Committee on the implementation of the so-called DNA act that came into operation in January. Picture: Free Images.

JOHANNESBURG - Members of Parliament have heard thousands of detectives have already been trained to take the forensic samples that will go towards building a national DNA database.

Lieutenant General Kgomotso Phahlane has briefed Parliament's Police Portfolio Committee on the implementation of the so-called DNA Act that came into operation in January.

"Our target was to make sure that 5,500 people were trained by the end of March and 5,456 have been trained."

The Criminal Law Amendment Act provides for a DNA database that will help identify the perpetrators of unsolved crimes, prove the innocence or guilt of accused persons and help find missing people.

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