But, there is a glimmer of hope – I have heard this week via the DNA helix (as opposed to the grapevine!), that the Portfolio Committee for Police, who were tasked with reviewing the DNA Bill, have been in Pretoria this week on a site visit to the Forensic Lab and that they may be taking a tour overseas some time soon to review and visit other Forensic DNA Labs. The secretary for the PC mentioned that the PC may reconvene on the legislation by the end of February, and it is hoped that the reviewing and touring of the other Labs would be complete by that time, so that they are able to get on with the important task at hand. After all, we are not reinventing the wheel here – DNA Databases and their use as a criminal investigative tool has become the international gold standard for investigating crime, and in a country where crime is one of our biggest problems, it makes sense to cement the legislative framework around which we can make this technology work for us in the most effective manner. (more…)
Archive for January, 2010
Welcome back to all those who have been away (including myself!) and here’s to an exciting year ahead. I have been very involved with launching the first Forensic Science degree at the University of the Free State this last week and am delighted to report that all the new Forensic equipment will be installed this week and the new students will begin classes tomorrow morning! I will post details of this and more news during the course of this week, as well as post important dates and events for the upcoming year. This post is just to let you all know that I am back and things are in full swing!
See you in the week,