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Xtraordinary Woman of the Month – Vanessa Lynch

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

This month Vanessa was chosen as Xtraordinary Women‘s “Woman of the Month” with the following article being published by them on their website…

Vanessa Lynch – Executive Director of The DNA Project & Deputy Chair of National Forensic DNA Oversight & Ethics Board

Having graduated from Law School at UCT in 1993 I pursued a legal career for the following ten years. In 2004, after the brutal murder of my father, I founded the NGO “The DNA Project” in an effort to alleviate crime in South Africa through the use of a National Forensic DNA Database. It thus became my mission to help establish infrastructures and laws in South Africa which would ensure that forensic DNA technology was used to its best advantage. To that end I have assisted with the drafting of the new DNA Act and have been commended for the contribution I have made to law reform in this regard.

I have driven the development of a specific career path in Forensic DNA both in science and law and was appointed by the Minister of Police as the Deputy Chair of the National Forensic Oversight and Ethics Board in January 2015, a position which I currently still hold.

You are busy with some very interesting projects. Please tell us a little more about that.

As Deputy Chair of the National Forensic Oversight and Ethics Board, I am currently overseeing the implementation of the DNA Act in SA and the growth of the National DNA Database – when I read about cases such as this one published just today, I am filled with hope that we have done a good thing! I am also involved with various University Master’s programs on Forensic DNA and the Law, as well as for Officers of the Court. I am about to start studying again too, which I hope will culminate in a PhD in Forensic Law and then – well, the sky’s the limit and I will probably have a complete career change!

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I Am Woman: Thank you!

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

I have been inundated with messages of love and support since the showing of the below documentary on the work of the DNA Project.

It was not a journey I undertook alone and thank you to my amazing DNA Project family for your passion and unwavering support over the last decade.

In particular the documentary pays such beautiful tribute to my Dad, Johnny Lynch – it is the first time I have seen my Dad ‘live’ in video since his death (we didn’t realise my brother had these videos…) and it took my breath away — for my daughter and my family sitting around me, it felt as if he was in the room with us and you could have heard a pin drop as the tears fell upon our cheeks.

My Dad has always been my ‘silent’ partner in this journey, having not chosen to use his name in my work, because that was what my Dad was always about — he always told me that true charity is when you give something of yourself but never tell anyone about it — well in some ways that was what he did and in this programme it was his time to shine and I am so glad that his story was told, even though I know he would still be humble about it!

In loving memory of the true hero in this story, my dearest Dad, John Lynch

~ Vanessa

Thank you to Lisa Chait and Lauren Groenewald together with the whole “I AM WOMAN” team. It was a real honour for our DNA Project family to be part of your inspirational programme.

I AM WOMAN LEAP OF FAITH is a South African television and online series presented by storyteller Lisa Chait. It features the lives and Leaps of Faith of remarkable women exploring how they stepped into brand new territory when faced with life’s greatest challenges and opportunities. Each episode uncovers the turning points and pivotal moments of change in their lives. We also explore where they turned to when the chips were down.

To learn more about the series or to view past episodes, please visit www.iamwomanseries.com

Some of the wonderful comments we received via our social media and emails – Thank you all for your very kind words of support:

“Dear Vanessa, Congratulations…. what a lovely documentary. Your family have every reason to be so very proud of you. Both Brian and I thought that every interview was excellent and both felt very humbled to be connected to such a remarkable achievement and woman. I just wish that neither of us, (you and I) had to experience the trauma that we did for this to happen. You will be in the history books! Lots of love, respect, and admiration” ~ Diana Thomson (Mike Thomson Change A Life Trust)

“I hope you are all feeling very proud of what you did and achieved… I smiled, I laughed, I cried, I felt happy, I felt sad, but above all, I felt blessed and privileged to know you all. Vee, you really are the champion and all your seconds along the way have walked / run the race with you. I know that for you the hero in this story is and always will be Johnny – for me, it’s all of you. God bless – take care – lots of love” ~ Carol xx

“I just wanted to share with you how touched I was by your story that was aired last night. Thank you for touching the hearts of many others in a time of great sorry and pain. What a lady!!!!!!!!!!!! Thought I must share with you how much it meant to me” ~ Elsabe

“I watched a program of you last night,I am woman. What you have done is amazing and is a lasting legacy. May God bless you for your strength and courage. Thank you from a South African dad” ~ Rudi

“You’re an amazing woman Vanessa. When unsolved cases of someone dear to us go unsolved, it’s heart breaking. We salute you and thank you for your “Leap of Faith”” ~ Colleen

“I have cried while watching this very poignant story. What an incredible person you are Vanessa. I am amazed at your dedication and tenacity. You deserve more recognition for your brilliant work. Well done” ~ Alison

“Was so incredibly emotional and inspirational to watch last night. So much respect for what you and the team are doing for the country. Thank you” ~ Marieka

“Really heartfelt, whilst informative all at the same time” ~ Nolwazi

SAPS Forensic Services: Available Posts – August 2015

Monday, August 24th, 2015

New posts within the South African Police Service (SAPS) Forensic Services Division, under the Public Service Act, have been added to their website and are currently being advertised for August 2015http://www.saps.gov.za/careers/careers.php.

CLOSING DATE for all applications: 04 September 2015

PUBLIC SERVICE ACT POSTS

Click here to read the application process in terms of the Public Service Act.

Please download the full advertisement for all the new Public Service Act posts, including full requirements, core responsibilities, salary level and how to apply (PDF).

Download the official application form from the SAPS website.

The following posts are available:

FORENSIC SCIENCE LABORATORY

1. Post Title: Warrant Officer
Discipline: Case Reception and Registration
Component: Forensic Science Laboratory
Location of the post: Silverton: Pretoria (3 Posts) (Ref FS 700/2015)

2. Post Title: Warrant Officer
Discipline: Exhibit Management
Component: Forensic Science Laboratory
Location of the post: Silverton: Pretoria (2 Posts) (Ref FS 701/2015)

3. Post: Warrant Officer
Discipline: Case Management
Component: Forensic Science Laboratory
Location of the post:

  • Ballistics Section: Pretoria (2 Posts) (Ref FS 702/2015)
  • Scientific Analysis Section: Pretoria (1 Post) (Ref FS 703/2015)
  • Chemistry Section: Pretoria (1 Post) (Ref FS 704/2015)
  • Amanzimtoti: Kwazulu-Natal (3 Posts) (Ref FS 705/2015)
  • Plattekloof: Western Cape (6 Posts) (Ref FS 706/2015)

4. Post: Warrant Officer
Discipline: CCTV Operators: Supply Chain Management
Section: Nodal Support
Component: Forensic Science Laboratory
Location of the post:

  • Silverton: Pretoria (4 Posts) (Ref FS 707/2015)
  • Arcadia: Pretoria (4 Posts) (Ref FS 708/2015)
  • Piet Joubert Building: Pretoria (3 Posts) (Ref FS 709/2015)
  • Amanzimtoti: Kwazulu-Natal (6 Posts) (Ref FS 710/2015)
  • Port Elizabeth: Eastern Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 711/2015)
  • Plattekloof: Western Cape (4 Posts) (Ref FS 712/2015)

Component: Criminal Record and Crime Scene Management
Location of the post:

  • Bothongo Plaza: Pretoria (4 Posts) (Ref FS 713/2015)
  • Local Criminal Record Centre: Witbank (2 Posts) (Ref FS 714/2015)

5. Post: Forensic Analyst (Warrant Officer)
Discipline: IBIS
Section: Ballistics
Component: Forensic Science Laboratory
Location of the post: Silverton: Pretoria (2 Posts) (Ref FS 715/2015)

6. Post Title: Forensic Analyst (Warrant Officer)
Discipline: Ballistics Analysis
Component: Forensic Science Laboratory
Location of the post:

  • Silverton: Pretoria (5 Posts) (Ref FS 716/2015)
  • Port Elizabeth: Eastern Cape (2 Posts) (Ref FS 717/2015)
  • Amanzimtoti: Kwazulu-Natal (6 Posts) (Ref FS 718/2015)
  • Plattekloof: Western Cape (2 Posts) (Ref FS 719/2015)

7. Post Title: Forensic Analyst (Warrant Officer)
Sub-Section: Mechanical & Metallurgical Engineering
Section: Regional Laboratory: Western Cape
Component: Forensic Science Laboratory
Location of the post: Plattekloof: Western Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 720/2015)

8. Post Title: Forensic Analyst (Warrant Officer)
Discipline: DNA Analysis
Component: Forensic Science Laboratory
Location of the post:

  • Arcadia: Pretoria (30 Posts) (Ref FS 721/2015)
  • Port Elizabeth: Eastern Cape (10 Posts) (Ref FS 722/2015)
  • Amanzimtoti: Kwazulu-Natal (5 Posts) (Ref FS 723/2015)
  • Plattekloof: Western Cape (2 Posts) (Ref FS 724/2015)

9. Post Title: Warrant Officer
Discipline: Archiving: Archives and Disposals
Section: Chemistry
Component: Forensic Science Laboratory
Location of the post: Silverton: Pretoria (1 Post) (Ref FS 725/2015)

10.  Post Title: Forensic Analyst (Warrant Officer)
Sub-Section: Drugs General: Chemical Analysis
Section: Chemistry
Component: Forensic Science Laboratory
Location of the post:

  • Silverton: Pretoria (3 Posts) (Ref FS 726/2015)
  • Port Elizabeth: Eastern Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 727/2015)
  • Plattekloof: Western Cape (11 Posts) (Ref FS 728/2015)

11. Post Title: Forensic Analyst (Warrant Officer)
Discipline: Fire Investigation: Chemistry Investigation
Component: Forensic Science Laboratory
Location of the post:

  • Silverton: Pretoria (4 Posts) (Ref FS 729/2015)
  • Port Elizabeth: Eastern Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 730/2015)

12. Post Title: Forensic Analyst (Warrant Officer)
Sub Section: Environmental Crimes: Material Analysis
Section: Scientific Analysis
Component: Forensic Science Laboratory
Location of the post: Silverton: Pretoria (6 Posts) (Ref FS 731/2015)

13. Post Title: Forensic Analyst (Warrant Officer)
Sub Section: Image Analysis: Scientific Analysis
Section: Regional Laboratory: Western Cape
Component: Forensic Science Laboratory
Location of the post: Plattekloof: Western Cape (2 Posts) (Ref FS 732/2015)

14. Post Title: Forensic Analyst (Warrant Officer)
Discipline: Questioned Document Analysis
Component: Forensic Science Laboratory
Location of the post:

  • Piet Joubert Building: Pretoria (3 Posts) (Ref FS 733/2015)
  • Port Elizabeth: Eastern Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 734/2015)
  • Amanzimtoti: Kwazulu-Natal (1 Post) (Ref FS 735/2015)
  • Plattekloof: Western Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 736/2015)

15. Post Title: Forensic Analyst (Warrant Officer)
Sub-Section: Ante Mortem Facilitation
Section: Victim Identification Centre
Component: Forensic Science Laboratory
Location of the post:

  • Pretoria (4 Posts) (Ref FS 737/2015)
  • Plattekloof: Western Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 738/2015)

16. Post: Forensic Analyst (Warrant Officer)
Sub Section: Post Mortem Facilitation: Crime Scene & Victim Recovery
Section: Victim Identification Centre
Component: Forensic Science Laboratory
Location of the post:

  • Pretoria (4 Posts) (Ref FS 739/2015)
  • Plattekloof: Western Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 740/2015)

17. Post: Forensic Analyst (Warrant Officer)
Discipline: Forensic Anthropology: Specialized Identification Services
Component: Forensic Science Laboratory
Location of the post:

  • Pretoria (2 Posts) (Ref FS 741/2015)
  • Plattekloof: Western Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 742/2015)

18. Post: Forensic Analyst (Warrant Officer)
Sub Section: Facial Reconstruction: Specialized Identification Services
Section: Victim Identification Centre
Component: Forensic Science Laboratory
Location of the post: Pretoria (1 Post) (Ref FS 743/2015)

19. Post: Forensic Analyst (Warrant Officer)
Sub Section: Forensic Entomology: Specialized Identification Services
Section: Victim Identification Centre
Component: Forensic Science Laboratory
Location of the post: Pretoria (1 Post) (Ref FS 744/2015)

CRIMINAL RECORD & CRIME SCENE MANAGEMENT:

20. Post Title: Forensic Analyst (Warrant Officer)
Discipline: Crime Scene Laboratory
Component: Criminal Record & Crime Scene Management
Location of the post:

  • Makhado: Limpopo (2 Posts) (Ref FS 745/2015)
  • Ermelo: Mpumalanga (1 Post) (Ref FS 746/2015)
  • Bellville: Western Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 747/2015)
  • Cape Town: Western Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 748/2015)
  • Mitchells Plain: Western Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 749/2015)
  • Oudtshoorn: Western Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 750/2015)
  • Jeffreysbay: Eastern Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 751/2015)
  • King Williamstown: Eastern Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 752/2015)
  • Mthatha: Eastern Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 753/2015)
  • Mount Road: Eastern Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 754/2015)

21. Post Title: Warrant Officer
Sub-Section: Police Clearance: Criminal Information Centre
Section: Centralized CRC
Component: Criminal Record & Crime Scene Management
Location of the post: National Office: Pretoria (4 Posts) (Ref FS 755/2015)

22. Post Title: Warrant Officer
Sub-Section: Record Tracing
Section: Centralized CRC
Component: Criminal Record & Crime Scene Management
Location of the post: National Office: Pretoria (4 Posts) (Ref FS 756/2015)

23. Post Title: Warrant Officer
Sub-Section: Electronic Archiving: Archives
Section: Criminalistic Bureau
Component: Criminal Record & Crime Scene Management
Location of the post: National Office: Pretoria (1 Post) (Ref FS 757/2015)

24. Post Title: Warrant Officer
Sub-Section: AFIS Coordination: Fingerprint Database Management
Section: Criminalistic Bureau
Component: Criminal Record & Crime Scene Management
Location of the post: National Office: Pretoria (1 Post) (Ref FS 758/2015)

25. Post Title: Warrant Officer
Sub-Section: FIPS Coordination: Adjudication & Expungement
Section: Criminalistic Bureau
Component: Criminal Record & Crime Scene Management
Location of the post: National Office:: Pretoria (2 Posts) (Ref FS 759/2015)

26. Post Title: Warrant Officer
Discipline: Crime Scene Investigation
Component: Criminal Record & Crime Scene Management
Location of the post:  Provincial CR & CSM:

  • Bloemfontein: Free State (2 Posts) (Ref FS 760/2015)
  • Johannesburg: Gauteng (1 Post) (Ref FS 761/2015)
  • Potchefstroom: North West (2 Posts) (Ref FS 762/2015)

27. Post Title: Warrant Officer
Sub-Section: Priority Crime Investigation
Discipline: Crime Scene Investigation
Component: Criminal Record & Crime Scene Management
Location of the post: National Office: Pretoria (1 Post) (Ref FS 763/2015)

28. Post Title: Warrant Officer
Sub-Section: Priority Crime Investigation
Discipline: Crime Scene Investigation
Component: Criminal Record & Crime Scene Management
Location of the post: National Office: Pretoria (1 Post) (Ref FS 764/2015)

29. Post Title: Warrant Officer
Discipline: Crime Scene Investigation
Component: Criminal Record & Crime Scene Management
Location of the post:
National Office:

  • Pretoria (2 posts) (Ref FS 765/2015)

Eastern Cape Province:

  • Cradock (1 Post) (Ref FS 766/2015)
  • East London (3 Posts) (Ref FS 767/2015)
  • Grahamstown (2 Posts) (Ref FS 768/2015)
  • Uitenhage (3 Posts) (Ref FS 769/2015)
  • Mthatha (3 Posts) (Ref FS 770/2015)
  • Mount Road (3 Posts) (Ref FS 771/2015)

Free State Province:

  • Park Road (5 Posts) (Ref FS 772/2015)
  • Welkom (3 Posts) (Ref FS 773/2015)
  • Selosesha (1 Post) (Ref FS 774/2015)
  • Kroonstad (1 Post) (Ref FS 775/2015)

Gauteng Province:

  • Ga-Rankuwa (6 Posts) (Ref FS 776/2015)
  • Kempton Park (4 Posts) (Ref FS 777/2015)
  • Pretoria North (2 Posts) (Ref FS 778/2015)
  • Vereeniging (2 Posts) (Ref FS 779/2015)
  • Johannesburg (2 Posts) (Ref FS 780/2015)
  • Krugersdorp (2 Posts) (Ref FS 781/2015)

KwaZulu Natal Province:

  • Durban (4 Posts) (Ref FS 782/2015)
  • Kokstad (2 Posts) (Ref FS 783/2015)
  • Ladysmith (3 Posts) (Ref FS 784/2015)
  • Mtubatuba (1 Post) (Ref FS 785/2015)
  • Newcastle (1 Post) (Ref FS 786/2015)
  • Nqutu (2 Posts) (Ref FS 787/2015)
  • Pietermaritzburg (2 Posts) (Ref FS 788/2015)
  • Port Shepstone (1 Post) (Ref FS 789/2015)
  • Richards Bay (1 Post) (Ref FS 790/2015)
  • Ulundi (2 Posts) (Ref FS 791/2015)
  • Vryheid (1 Post) (Ref FS 792/2015)

Limpopo Province:

  • Groblersdal (2 Posts) (Ref FS 793/2015)
  • Lebowakgomo (2 Posts) (Ref FS 794/2015)
  • Lephalale (1 Post) (Ref FS 795/2015)
  • Modimolle (1 Post) (Ref FS 796/2015)
  • Musina (2 Posts) (Ref FS 797/2015)
  • Thohoyandou (2 Posts) (Ref FS 798/2015)
  • Tzaneen (4 Posts) (Ref FS 799/2015)

Mpumalanga Province:

  • Nelspruit (2 Posts) (Ref FS 800/2015)
  • Witbank (3 Posts) (Ref FS 801/2015)
  • Secunda (1 Post) (Ref FS 802/2015)
  • Ermelo (2 Posts) (Ref FS 803/2015)
  • Lydenburg (2 Posts) (Ref FS 804/2015)
  • Acornhoek (1 Post) (Ref FS 805/2015)
  • Elukwatini (2 Posts) (Ref FS 806/2015)

North West Province:

  • Rustenburg (5 Posts) (Ref FS 807/2015)
  • Brits (4 Posts) (Ref FS 808/2015)
  • Vryburg (1 Post) (Ref FS 809/2015)
  • Mmabatho (3 Posts) (Ref FS 812/2015)
  • Potchefstroom (2 Posts) (Ref FS 813/2015)
  • Klerksdorp (2 Posts) (Ref FS 810/2015)
  • Lichtenburg (2 Posts) (Ref FS 811/2015)

Northern Cape Province:

  • Kimberley (2 Posts) (Ref FS 814/2015)
  • Upington (4 Posts) (Ref FS 815/2015)
  • Kuruman (2 Posts) (Ref FS 816/2015)
  • Kakamas (2 Posts) (Ref FS 817/2015)
  • Calvinia (1 Post) (Ref FS 818/2015)

Western Cape Province:

  • Bellville (2 Posts) (Ref FS 819/2015)
  • Cape Town (2 Posts) (Ref FS 820/2015)
  • Mitchells Plain (2 Posts) (Ref FS 821/2015)
  • George (1 Post) (Ref FS 822/2015)
  • Paarl (1 Post) (Ref FS 823/2015)
  • Somerset West (1 Post) (Ref FS 824/2015)
  • Vredenburg (1 Post) (Ref FS 825/2015)
  • Worcester (1 Post) (Ref FS 826/2015)
  • Oudtshoorn (1 Post) (Ref FS 827/2015)
  • Vredendal (1 Post) (Ref FS 828/2015)

30. Post Title: Warrant Officer
Discipline: Criminalistic Bureau
Component: Criminal Record & Crime Scene Management
Location of the post:
Eastern Cape Province:

  • Aliwal North (1 Post) (Ref FS 829/2015)
  • Cradock (1 Post) (Ref FS 830/2015)
  • East London (1 Post) (Ref FS 831/2015)
  • Graaff-Reinet (1 Post) (Ref FS 832/2015)
  • Grahamstown (1 Post) (Ref FS 833/2015)
  • Jeffreysbay (1 Post) (Ref FS 834/2015)
  • King William’s Town (1 Post) (Ref FS 835/2015)
  • Middelburg (1 Post) (Ref FS 836/2015)
  • Queenstown (1 Post) (Ref FS 837/2015)
  • Uitenhage (1 Post) (Ref FS 838/2015)
  • Mthatha (1 Post) (Ref FS 839/2015)
  • Mount Road (1 Post) (Ref FS 840/2015)

Free State Province:

  • Park Road (1 Post) (Ref FS 841/2015)
  • Welkom (1 Post) (Ref FS 842/2015)
  • Kroonstad (1 Post) (Ref FS 843/2015)
  • Bethlehem (1 Post) (Ref FS 844/2015)
  • Phudatjithaba (1 Post) (Ref FS 845/2015)
  • Zamdela (1 Post) (Ref FS 846/2015)
  • Selosesha (1 Post) (Ref FS 847/2015)

KwaZulu Natal Province:

  • Durban (2 Posts) (Ref FS 848/2015)
  • Kokstad (1 Post) (Ref FS 849/2015)
  • Ladysmith (2 Posts) (Ref FS 850/2015)
  • Newcastle (1 Post) (Ref FS 851/2015)
  • Pietermaritzburg (1 Post) (Ref FS 852/2015)
  • Port Shepstone (1 Post) (Ref FS 853/2015)
  • Richards Bay (1 Post) (Ref FS 854/2015)
  • Vryheid (1 Post) (Ref FS 855/2015)

Limpopo Province:

  • Polokwane (1 Post) (Ref FS 856/2015)
  • Giyani (1 Post) (Ref FS 857/2015)
  • Lebowakgomo (1 Post) (Ref FS 858/2015)
  • Lephalale (1 Post) (Ref FS 859/2015)
  • Makhado (1 Post) (Ref FS 860/2015)
  • Modimolle (1 Post) (Ref FS 861/2015)
  • Mokopane (1 Post) (Ref FS 862/2015)
  • Musina (1 Post) (Ref FS 863/2015)
  • Phalalborwa (1 Post) (Ref FS 864/2015)
  • Thabazimbi (1 Post) (Ref FS 865/2015)
  • Thohoyandou (1 Post) (Ref FS 866/2015)
  • Tzaneen (1 Post) (Ref FS 867/2015)

Mpumalanga Province:

  • Middelburg (1 Post) (Ref FS 868/2015)
  • Nelspruit (1 Post) (Ref FS 869/2015)
  • Witbank (1 Post) (Ref FS 870/2015)
  • Kwamahlanga (1 Post) (Ref FS 871/2015)
  • Secunda (1 Post) (Ref FS 872/2015)
  • Ermelo (1 Post) (Ref FS 873/2015)

North West Province:

  • Potchefstroom (1 Post) (Ref FS 874/2015)
  • Pudimoe (1 Post) (Ref FS 875/2015)
  • Brits (1 Post) (Ref FS 876/2015)
  • Vryburg (1 Post) (Ref FS 877/2015)
  • Klerksdorp (1 Post) (Ref FS 878/2015)
  • Lichtenburg (1 Post) (Ref FS 879/2015)
  • Mmabatho (1 Post) (Ref FS 880/2015)
  • Provincial CR & CSM: Potchefstroom (1 Post) (Ref FS 881/2015)

Northern Cape Province:

  • Provincial CR & CSM: Kimberley (2 Posts) (Ref FS 882/2015)
  • Kimberley (2 Posts) (Ref FS 883/2015)
  • Upington (2 Posts) (Ref FS 884/2015)
  • Kuruman (2 Posts) (Ref FS 885/2015)

Western Cape Province:

  • Provincial CR & CSM: Cape Town (2 Posts) (Ref FS 886/2015)
  • Bellville (1 Post) (Ref FS 887/2015)
  • Cape Town (1 Post) (Ref FS 888/2015)
  • Mitchells Plain (1 Post) (Ref FS 889/2015)
  • George (1 Post) (Ref FS 890/2015)
  • Paarl (1 Post) (Ref FS 891/2015)
  • Somerset West (1 Post) (Ref FS 892/2015)
  • Vredenburg (1 Post) (Ref FS 893/2015)
  • Worcester (1 Post) (Ref FS 894/2015)
  • Beaufort West (1 Post) (Ref FS 895/2015)

31. Post: Forensic Analyst (Warrant Officer)
Sub-Section: Facial Identification: Crime Scene Investigation
Component: Criminal Record and Crime Scene Management
Location of the post:

  • Modimolle: Limpopo (1 Post) (Ref FS 896/2015)
  • Thohoyandou: Limpopo (1 Post) (Ref FS 897/2015)

32. Post: Forensic Analyst (Warrant Officer)
Discipline: Environmental Compliance
Component: Quality Management
Location of the post:

  • Questioned Documents: Pretoria (1 Post) (Ref FS 898/2015)
  • Chemistry: Pretoria (1 Post) (Ref FS 899/2015)
  • Ballistics: Pretoria (1 Post) (Ref FS 900/2015)
  • Crime Scene Management: National Office: Pretoria (1 Post) (Ref FS 901/2015)

33. Post: Forensic Analyst (Warrant Officer)
Discipline: Quality Assurance
Component: Quality Management
Location of the post:

  • Arcadia: Pretoria (2 Posts) (Ref FS 902/2015)
  • Ballistics: Pretoria (1 Post) (Ref FS 903/2015)
  • Criminalistic Bureau: National Office: Pretoria (2 Posts) (Ref FS 904/2015)
  • Crime Scene Management: National Office: Pretoria (1 Post) (Ref FS 905/2015)
  • Explosives: National Office: Pretoria (1 Post) (Ref FS 906/2015)

Provincial Criminal Record and Crime Scene Management:

  • King William’s Town: Eastern Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 907/2015)
  • Bloemfontein: Free State (1 Post) (Ref FS 908/2015)
  • Johannesburg: Gauteng (1 Post) (Ref FS 909/2015)
  • Durban: KwaZulu Natal (1 Post) (Ref FS 910/2015)
  • Polokwane: Limpopo (1 Post) (Ref FS 911/2015)
  • Middelburg: Mpumalanga (1 Post) (Ref FS 912/2015)
  • Potchefstroom: North West (1 Post) (Ref FS 913/2015)
  • Cape Town: Western Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 914/2015)

34. Post: Forensic Analyst (Warrant Officer)
Discipline: Quality Control
Component: Quality Management
Location of the post:

  • Crime Scene Laboratories: National Office: Pretoria (1 Post) (Ref FS 915/2015)
  • Crime Scene Management: National Office: Pretoria (1 Post) (Ref FS 916/2015)

Provincial Criminal Record and Crime Scene Management:

  • King William’s Town: Eastern Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 917/2015)
  • Bloemfontein: Free State (1 Post) (Ref FS 918/2015)
  • Johannesburg: Gauteng (1 Post) (Ref FS 919/2015)
  • Durban: KwaZulu Natal (1 Post) (Ref FS 920/2015)
  • Polokwane: Limpopo (1 Post) (Ref FS 921/2015)
  • Middelburg: Mpumalanga (1 Post) (Ref FS 922/2015)
  • Kimberly: Northern Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 923/2015)
  • Potchefstroom: North West (1 Post) (Ref FS 924/2015)
  • Cape Town: Western Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 925/2015)

Regional Laboratory:

  • Biology: Amanzimtoti: KwaZulu Natal (1 Post) (Ref FS 926/2015)
  • Chemistry: Amanzimtoti: KwaZulu Natal (1 Post) (Ref FS 927/2015)
  • Ballistics: Amanzimtoti: KwaZulu Natal (1 Post) (Ref FS 928/2015)
  • Questioned Documents: Amanzimtoti: KwaZulu Natal (1 Post) (Ref FS 929/2015)
  • Biology: Port Elizabeth: Eastern Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 930/2015)
  • Chemistry: Port Elizabeth: Eastern Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 931/2015)
  • Biology: Plattekloof: Western Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 932/2015)
  • Chemistry: Plattekloof: Western Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 933/2015)
  • Ballistics: Plattekloof: Western Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 934/2015)
  • Questioned Documents: Plattekloof: Western Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 935/2015)

35. Post: Forensic Analyst (Warrant Officer)
Discipline: Technical Management
Component: Quality Management
Location of the post:

  • Chemistry: Pretoria (1 Post) (Ref FS 936/2015)
  • Biology: Pretoria (1 Post) (Ref FS 937/2015)
  • Ballistics: Pretoria (1 Post) (Ref FS 938/2015)
  • Scientific Analysis: Pretoria (1 Post) (Ref FS 939/2015)

Regional Laboratory:

  • Biology: Port Elizabeth: Eastern Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 940/2015)
  • Chemistry: Port Elizabeth: Eastern Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 941/2015)
  • Ballistics: Port Elizabeth: Eastern Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 942/2015)
  • Questioned Documents: Port Elizabeth: Eastern Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 943/2015)
  • Ballistics: Amanzimtoti: KwaZulu Natal (2 Posts) (Ref FS 944/2015)
  • Questioned Documents: Amanzimtoti: KwaZulu Natal (1 Post) (Ref FS 947/2015)
  • Ballistics: Plattekloof: Western Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 948/2015)
  • Chemistry: Plattekloof: Western Cape (2 Posts) (Ref FS 949/2015)
  • Biology: Plattekloof: Western Cape (2 Posts) (Ref FS 950/2015)
  • Questioned Documents: Plattekloof: Western Cape (1Post) (Ref FS 951/2015)
  • Chemistry: Amanzimtoti: KwaZulu Natal (2 Posts) (Ref FS 945/2015)
  • Biology: Amanzimtoti: KwaZulu Natal (1 Post) (Ref FS 946/2015)

Provincial Criminal Record and Crime Scene Management:

  • King William’s Town: Eastern Cape (2 Posts) (Ref FS 952/2015)
  • Bloemfontein: Free State (2 Posts) (Ref FS 953/2015)
  • Johannesburg: Gauteng (2 Posts) (Ref FS 954/2015)
  • Durban: KwaZulu Natal (2 Posts) (Ref FS 955/2015)
  • Polokwane: Limpopo (2 Posts) (Ref FS 956/2015)
  • Middelburg: Mpumalanga (2 Posts) (Ref FS 957/2015)
  • Kimberly: Northern Cape (2 Posts) (Ref FS 958/2015)
  • Potchefstroom: North West (2 Posts) (Ref FS 959/2015)
  • Cape Town: Western Cape (2 Posts) (Ref FS 960/2015)

36. Post: Forensic Analyst (Warrant Officer)
Discipline: Forensic Awareness
Section: Development Facilitation
Component: Quality Management
Location of the post:

  • Scientific Analysis: Pretoria (1 Post) (Ref FS 961/2015)
  • Victim Identification Centre: Pretoria (1 Post) (Ref FS 962/2015)

Regional Laboratory:

  • Ballistics: Port Elizabeth: Eastern Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 963/2015)
  • Chemistry: Port Elizabeth: Eastern Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 964/2015)
  • Questioned Documents: Port Elizabeth: Eastern Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 965/2015)
  • Chemistry: Amanzimtoti: KwaZulu Natal (1 Post) (Ref FS 966/2015)
  • Biology: Amanzimtoti: KwaZulu Natal (1 Post) (Ref FS 967/2015)
  • Chemistry: Plattekloof: Western Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 968/2015)
  • Ballistics: Plattekloof: Western Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 969/2015)
  • Questioned Documents: Plattekloof: Western Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 970/2015)

Provincial Criminal Record and Crime Scene Management:

  • Kimberly: Northern Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 971/2015)

37. Post: Forensic Analyst (Warrant Officer)
Discipline: Lead Investigation
Section: Forensic Database Management
Component: Quality Management
Location of the post: Arcadia: Pretoria (7 Posts) (Ref FS 972/2015)

38. Post: Forensic Analyst (Warrant Officer)
Sub-Section: Client Notification Services: Reporting & Liaison
Section: Forensic Database Management
Component: Quality Management
Location of the post: Arcadia: Pretoria (2 Posts) (Ref FS 973/2015)

SUPPORT SERVICES:

39. Post Title: Assistant Administration Officer (Sergeant)
Section: Support Services
Location of the post: Arcadia: Pretoria (1 Post) (Ref FS 974/2015)

GENERAL:

  • Only the official application form (available on the SAPS website and at SAPS recruitment offices) will be accepted. The Z83 previously utilized will no longer be accepted. All instructions on the application form must be adhered to and all previous/pending criminal/disciplinary convictions must be declared. Failure to do so may result in the rejection of the application.
  • The post particulars and reference number of the post must be correctly specified on the application form. A separate application form must be completed for each post.
  • A comprehensive Curriculum Vitae must be submitted together with the application form.
  • Certified copies (certification preferably by Police Officers) of an applicant’s ID document, motor vehicle driver’s license (Police Act appointments), Senior Certificate and all educational qualifications obtained together with the academic record (statement of results) thereof and service certificates of previous employers stating the occupation and the period, must also be submitted and attached to every application. The copies must be correctly certified on the copy itself, not at the back. The certification must not be older than three months. All qualifications and driver’s licenses submitted will be subjected to verification checking with the relevant institutions.
  • CANDIDATES ARE REQUESTED TO INITIAL EACH AND EVERY PAGE OF THE APPLICATION FORM, CV AND ALL ANNEXURES.
  • The closing date for the applications is 2015-09-04. Applications must be mailed timeously. Late applications will not be accepted or considered.
  • Appointments will be made in terms of the SAPS Act or Public Service Act as applicable to the post environment.
  • If a candidate is short-listed, it can be expected of him/her to undergo a personal interview.
  • Successful applicants to be appointed in terms of the South African Police Service Act, 1995 (Act no 68 of 1995) and applicants not yet appointed in terms of the South African Police Service Act, 1995 (Act no 68 of 1995) will have to undergo a medical examination and found to be medically fit. They will further have to comply with the prescripts on the SAPS Dress Order, whereby tattoos may not be visible when wearing uniform, must be willing to undergo the prescribed Introductory Police Development Learning Programme and are expected to work flexi hours or shifts in the execution of their duties.
  • The Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) Amendment Act, Act 37 of 2013 requires that all new recruits (appointments) in the South African Police Service as from 31st of January 2015 provide a buccal sample in order to determine their forensic DNA profile. The forensic DNA profile derived from the sample will be loaded to the National Forensic DNA Database.
  • Short-listed candidates for appointment to certain identified posts, will be vetted in terms of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act, 2007 (Act No 32 of 2007) and the Children’s Act, 2005 (Act No 38 of 2005). A candidate, whose particulars appear in either the National Register for Sex Offenders or Part B of the Child Protection Register, will be disqualified from appointment to that post.
  • All short-listed candidates will be subjected to fingerprint screening. Candidates will be subjected to a vetting process which will include security screening and fingerprint verification.
  • Correspondence will be conducted with successful candidates only. If you have not been contacted within three (3) months after the closing date of this advertisement, please accept that your application was unsuccessful.
  • The South African Police Service is under no obligation to fill a post after the advertisement thereof.
  • The South African Police Service is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and it is the intention to promote representivity in the Public Service through the filling of these posts. Persons whose transfer/appointment/promotion will promote representivity will therefore receive preference.

Applications and enquiries can be directed to:
Lt Colonel Klopper / Lt Moonsamy
Tel: (012) 421-0194
Tel: (012) 421-0584

Postal Address:
Private Bag X 322
PRETORIA
0001

Hand Delivery:
Cnr Beckett and Pretorius Street
Strelitzia Building
Arcadia

Woman’s Day: Cape Town’s fearless females

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

A look at six trailblazing Mother City ladies… The following is an excerpt from Cape Town Magazine’s recent article ahead of Women’s Day which features six stellar women – one of whom is our very own Vanessa Lynch…

On Thursday, 9 August 1956, 20 000 women of all races came together to challenge an oppressive government and petition against legislation that required “non-whites” to carry a pass, an identification document designed to curtail freedom of movement during Apartheid. Since the fall of the regime in 1994, the day has been annually commemorated as Women’s Day to highlight the strength and resilience of women during the resistance.

More recently, the South African public holiday’s raison d’etre has broadened – it’s no longer just a celebration of a single act of solidarity, but a day devoted to a more general recognition of the spirit and accomplishment of women. Furthermore, in the past few years, the occasion has been used as a rallying point in the fight for women’s rights.

Rape, domestic abuse and issues relating to gender inequality are still way too prevalent in a country that has come so far in the fight against discrimination, and the need to use the holiday as an instrument of advocacy and to shine the spotlight on the savvy sisters defying norms is paramount.

So, while there are thousands of courageous ladies showing the world how absolutely amazing women can be, we’ve narrowed our list down to a few in specialist fields – namely: arts and culture, winemaking, altruism, construction, the culinary arts and management consulting – who are flying the flag for the bright, the brainy and the brilliant and serving as a source of inspiration for the masses.

VANNESA LYNCH: DNA Project Founder & Creative Director

Following the murder of her father in 2004 and the blatant disregard and destruction of evidence containing DNA by the police, community members and other first-on-crime scene responders, Vanessa Lynch began to seek ways in which to meaningfully contribute towards the alleviation of crime in South Africa.

Driven by her own traumatic experience, this extraordinary woman embarked on a journey (for over a decade) where she founded an organisation that aimed to practically address the crime situation in South Africa through the expanded use of DNA evidence in conjunction with South Africa’s National DNA Database. Introduce the DNA Project.

Where some may not have been able to find the strength, this incredible woman did and because of her determination and resilience (and her ability to forge relationships with police and government), we now have a pioneering new DNA Act on our statute books: The Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) Amendment Act 37 of 2013 (DNA Act), which came into law on January 27, 2014 and into effect early this year on January 31, 2015. It is now mandatory for all arrested and convicted scheduled eight offenders to be swabbed for DNA and the results stored in the DNA database.

Currently, Vanessa also sits on the National Forensic and Oversight Ethics Board as the Deputy Chair. What’s more, just as the DNA Project has developed the Forensic Honours Degree at the UFS, which is also offered at UCT, UWC, MGI and soon UKZN, they have also begun to develop a subject outline for a “DNA and the Law” course for law students in an attempt to bridge the gap between science and law. Furthermore, the Innocence Project of South Africa (IPSA) has also recently been restructured and will be driven by the DNAP, the Wits Justice Project and UWC as a tripartite partnership, should the organisations bid for funding be successful.

Leading Ladies in Vanessa’s Life: “My Grandmother taught me things about life and the universe that would have shocked most at the time but have had a profound effect on my life – she warned me about global warming in the 70’s! An eccentric, non-conventional and unforgettable woman (not always for the right reasons!) who was way beyond her time. Wangari Maathai, the Kenyan environmentalist who began a movement to reforest her country by paying poor women a few shillings to plant trees and who went on to become the first African woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize. She started the Green Belt Movement – its mission was to plant trees across Kenya to fight erosion and to create firewood for fuel and jobs for women – to date 30 million trees in Africa have been planted and  nearly 900,000 women in Africa have been helped. It took her one tree to plant a forest, a philosophy that I have always lived by and her achievement shows how that is in fact possible.”

Read more – To view the full article published in Cape Town Magazine featuring all six fearless Cape Town women, please click here.

SOURCE: Cape Town Magazine

ISHI 26: Under the Microscope – Vanessa Lynch

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Vanessa has very kindly been invited back to present a talk entitled “Investigation of the Muldersdrift Serial Rapist” at this year’s upcoming ISHI (International Symposium on Human Identification) conference being held in Grapevine, Texas, in the United States from the 12th – 15th of October.

The following is a short interview with Vanessa by ISHI for their “Under the Microscope” guest speaker feature.

How did you come to work in the field of forensics/DNA?
Bizarrely it was actually through the lack of DNA evidence being collected on my father’s crime scene that brought me to this work – that coupled with the words of Prof Berndt Brinkmann, a forensic scientist in Germany who is the father of a close friend of mine – after my father was murdered, Prof Brinkmann told me to send him any DNA evidence or even just evidence from my fathers crime scene to his lab in Germany so that he could test it for possible traces of DNA. Sadly all the evidence had been discarded – clothing, the bottle the killers had been drinking from and blood of the killers on the perimeter fence which was not collected. This  was then followed by the Prof’s question ‘does SA have a DNA database?’ – that really changed everything for me as I knew then that was exactly what we needed in SA: a DNA database coupled with greater crime scene awareness!

If you woke up tomorrow and this field no longer existed, what would you choose for a career?
I would apply to the United Nations to continue philanthropic work on a global scale.

What new technologies are you most excited about or where do you see the field heading in the next 10 years?
Bearing in mind that SA is still lagging behind somewhat in utilising the amazing developments in DNA profiling being applied in international criminal justice systems, I would say that currently for me, the most exciting technology in a  SA context would be the ability to differentiate between mixed profiles  – we have a huge problem with gang rape in SA and this would change the way in which these types of cases are resolved.

What was the most challenging or bizarre case that you’ve worked on?
I don’t work with cases as such, but have been exposed to many different cases through the work that I do. Probably the most bizarre case was when someone called me and told me that the police had found pieces of his father in a suitcase and was seeking advice as to what to do.

What person would you say has had the biggest influence on your life?
My father. It was because of his death that I now do what I do but also because of what he taught me in my life when he was alive that I believe I possessed the ability to do what I did after he was killed. The work of the DNA Project has changed me irrevocably in a way that would not have happened had my father still been alive. I am not saying that I would not have changed that but because it did happen, I know that this was what I was meant to do with my life.

Can you think of a specific example where ISHI has helped you in your career or with a case?
Without a doubt my first visit to ISHI last year exceeded my expectations in terms of what I learnt about this technology and the field of forensic DNA profiling, albeit I am not a scientist! The advances being made in DNA profiling insofar it relates to crime detection and resolution and the software available to achieve this are quite literally mind-blowing. Learning from a forum such as ISHI is unprecedented and it has  provided me with the ability to think strategically on how best to focus the work of the DNA Project in a way which will have the most impact going forward. Learning from other jurisdictions’ experiences and taking those lessons back to SA has helped enormously.

Who in the audience would benefit most from your talk?
It’s difficult to say, but because SA has such a high crime rate, possibly all disciplines would be able to calculate how best they would have approached the situation and what their result would have been or be based on what facilities and technologies are available to them at present. It will possibly provide the audience with some insight into their own situation and maybe even enable them to offer SA advice on how best to approach certain cases?

If you won the lottery, what would you do with the winnings?
Approach it in much the same way as I approached the work I had to do in the DNA Project: how do you eat an elephant? Bit by Bit – I would break it down into all the areas where I felt it was needed and apply it accordingly. I would love to be able to use it less as a straight donation than as a means to empower people to make a difference. I would actively seek ways to do that. And I would definitely use some of it to travel the world with my family!

If you were to have a theme song, what would it be?
An interesting question! We are about to look into the possibility of a local rapper in SA compiling a rap song about crime and how the culprits got away because the crime scene was disturbed …and of course how this could change if we learnt that we must not disturb a crime scene etc etc – its a great way of reaching and teaching communities through  song – a medium that SA communities love and resonate with. So watch this space and hopefully we will have a theme song with a difference that will make a difference to play at ISHI!

What would your ideal vacation be?
All new destinations are exciting for me, even if it’s not a vacation; so I can’t really say I have an ideal vacation – but my travels are usually quite energetic – I am not one to lie on the beach all day, however beautiful!

SOURCE: http://ishinews.com/under-the-microscope-vanessa-lynch/

DNA database no threat to civil rights

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Mary de Haas has been quite vocal in the past regarding her negative stance on the DNA Bill and following its recent passing into law as the DNA Act and subsequent operational status, she has once again chosen to attack the issue of DNA reference sample collection by the police.

On the 23rd of February The Times published the following letter by de Haas:

Protect your DNA from cops

Overseas experience suggests that the link between the existence of a DNA database and crime-solving is not as simple as the general public is being led to believe.

Legally allowing police to take DNA samples from people they arrest (they arrest innocent people, as well as those guilty of serious crimes, routinely) is a threat to human rights.

The potential for abuse of these powers is huge, especially as DNA (even in profile form) has commercial value.

Human tissue samples should only be taken and handled by properly qualified medical personnel who are answerable to professional bodies – not by police who regularly act as if they are above the law.

Mary de Haas, Durban

In response, Vanessa rebutted with the following letter to The Times – which was published on the TimesLIVE website on the 24th of February:

DNA Reference Sample Collection Kit which will be used by the trained SAPS officials

De Haas is misinformed on a number of issues. Only arrestees who have been formally charged with a schedule 8 offence as well as convicted offenders will have their DNA samples taken by an authorised, trained police officer.

This is a simple cheek swab which takes no more than 30 seconds.

Nowhere else in the world are doctors or nurses required to take DNA samples from arrestees and convicted offenders as it is considered to be unnecessary, expensive and logistically impractical.

Furthermore, the reference sample will be destroyed once the forensic DNA profile has been loaded onto the database.

A forensic DNA profile contains only 15 pairs of  numbers, commonly referred to as “junk markers,” that were specifically chosen because they do not reveal any physical, behavioural or medical traits about that person.

The resultant sequence of numbers which make up a forensic DNA profile act simply as a unique identifier and nothing else;  just like fingerprinting.

As such there is no invasion of privacy as no private information is revealed and therefore is of no ‘commercial’ value as suggested by de Haas.

If the arrest does not result in a conviction, the profile will thereafter be removed from the DNA Database. If a conviction results, it will remain there indefinitely.

De Haas has been lamenting about the ‘serious human rights’ issues supposedly being brought about by the Database since its first introduction into Parliament in 2008.

Neither then nor throughout its five year progress through Parliament did she ever substantiate her reasons for this allegation nor submit any suggestions as to how this ‘breach’ could be addressed.

Public comments were called for on the DNA Bill by Parliament in both 2009 and 2013, and yet she never bothered to respond on either occasion.

Be that as it may, De Haas should be embracing this legislation which provides a regulatory framework to ensure that the retention framework of the Database is in fact maintained in the way in which the act envisages it to be managed.

Our new laws address this robustly and have the added protection of an Oversight and Ethics Board as well as The Human Rights Commission, which incidentally were satisfied that no human rights would be breached by this implementation of this Act.

Note too that de Haas did not apply for a position to the National Forensic and Oversight Board which surprises me since she believes it will pose such serious human rights problems.

De Haas alleging that her comments are ‘based on overseas experience’ is ridiculous to say the least. Unlike de Haas, I have in fact attended several international DNA conferences and forensic DNA profiling is without doubt considered to be the forensic tool of choice and one of the most objective forms of evidence available to crime scene investigators today.

The NAS report: Strengthening Forensic Science [Feb 2009] concluded that “…with the exception of nuclear DNA analysis, . . . no forensic method has been rigorously shown to have the capacity to consistently, and with a high degree of certainty, demonstrate a connection between evidence and a specific individual or source.”

Coupled with the fact that no country which has introduced DNA legislation to expand its DNA Database has ever reduced the scope of its database, is de Haas seriously suggesting we should simply ignore its huge potential as a crime resolution tool?

Whilst there will certainly be challenges going forward, we should be  welcoming legislation which creates accountability amongst the criminal population, which is in keeping with international standards and we should at the very least be supporting our existing forensic science labs who have already started to identify serial offenders as well as solve cold cases through the linking of profiles on the database.

De Haas professes to be an expert on the matter. In truth her letter reveals the contrary.

It shows that she has not  read the provisions of the new DNA Act nor made any effort to understand the complex nature of why this legislation is such a significant step forward in South Africa.  Since her last letter, the legislation has not only been passed, but is now operational.

Over the next five years we expect to see even more progress. Hopefully by that time de Haas will have found something else to write about.

Sincerely

Vanessa Lynch, Founder & Executive Director of The DNA Project

Marie Claire & Blow the Whistle #MCNaked Campaign

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Marie Claire’s popular Naked issue, in aid of Blow the Whistle (BTW) and supported by 1st For Women Insurance is on sale now. Featuring 35 local celebrities in the nude, the issue aims to raise awareness of Blow the Whistle’s support of women that are victims of rape and abuse.

“This is probably one of our most powerful Naked issues yet,” says Aspasia Karras, editor of Marie Claire. “We are all vulnerable and naked in the face of the high rate of violent and sexual crime in South Africa against women and children. This campaign aims to give a voice to the many thousands who suffer daily. Our aim is simple; to raise awareness and allow those who are victims to feel safe and come forward and speak up.”

Anti-rape initiative, Blow the Whistle is a national campaign focused on the empowerment of women and children in the face of the incidence of rape and abuse, by giving them the platforms necessary to feel safe. They have developed an app that allows users to select four Guardians to watch over them wherever they are. The app, which can be downloaded on Whistle.co.za, has a private panic button that sends a notification to the Guardians when pressed. The app is also equipped with a journey-monitoring function, allowing users to load their journey details, as well as the amount of time it should take them to get there. If the timer runs out without the journey being cancelled or extended, a notification will be sent to the users Guardians, along with the coordinates and address of their current location. BTW has also produced small and unobtrusive whistles to blow to attract attention when one is in need of help.

All proceeds of the Naked campaign will go towards BTW’s beneficiary, The DNA Project, which works on the development of crime scene DNA forensics. The DNA Project is aimed at expanding the existing National Forensic DNA Database of South Africa that holds the DNA profiles of convicted criminals. DNA profiling is a key component in the conviction of rapists. Any persons arrested for rape or sexual assault will have their DNA profile loaded onto the database, which will be searchable in new DNA investigations to establish any matches in identifying a suspect.

“Blow the Whistle is proud to be associated to the Naked issue,” notes Mike Rowley and Sureshnie Rider, co-founders of the BTW campaign. “Blow the Whistle is about giving woman a voice and allowing them to be heard,” states Rider “This issue really speaks to that voice. It’s about empowerment. It’s about all citizens forming a community and starting a conversation.”
As Rowley concludes, “Our women and children are our nation’s greatest asset and we cannot fail them.”

Marie Claire cover - March 2015

How to get involved

Share one’s voice. Speak up and tell others to do the same. Marie Claire has created a picture gallery on its website, where readers can post their message of support or opinion on sexual violence. This gallery will be shared on Marie Claire’s Facebook page. To drive engagement and more discussion; 1st For Women Insurance will donate R10 000 towards The DNA Project when the Facebook gallery reaches 1000 shares.

Donate: SMS the word ‘WHISTLE’ to 38157 to make a donation of R10 towards BTW.

Buy a whistle for R36 from The Cross Trainer stores or from hotels in the Legacy Group around South Africa. (For more information, visit www.whistle.co.za).

Supporting the 2015 campaign is 1st for Women Insurance.

Robyn Farrell, the executive head of 1st for Women Insurance and a trustee of the 1st for Women Foundation says: “We are proud to sponsor Marie Claire’s Naked campaign. We believe that it cuts through the charity clutter and makes a bold statement – it exposes the naked truth of the rape epidemic and forces South Africans to pay attention and start a conversation. The purpose of the campaign aligns with the aim of the 1st for Women Foundation which has, since its inception in 2005, donated over R30-million to a number of women-related charity organisations that focus on assisting survivors of gender-based violence and making the HPV vaccine more accessible to South African women.”

Celebrities taking part in the 2015 campaign are:

Lira; DJ Milkshake from 5FM; Pearl Thusi and Masasa Mbangeni; Daniel Nash, Thithi Nteta and Andrew Berry; Chris Chameleon and Danielle Deysel; Angel Campey and Shimmy Isaacs; Schalk Bezuidenhout; Michael Lowman and his girlfriend, brand manager Daisy May; JP Duminy and his wife, Sue Duminy; Ewan Strydom; Guy McDonald, Carl Wastie, Sandra Rosenberg and Erin-Li from of Good Hope FM Breakfast; Joelle Kayembe; Katherine Pichulik; George van der Spuy, Rian Zietsman, Jason Ling and Louis Nel from Taxi Violence; Nadia Velvekens, Leandie du Randt and Amalia Uys; Stefan Ludik, Reynardt Hugo, Theodore Jantjies and Nkululeko Tshirumbula and radio personality Vic Naidoo.

Marie Claire will post more content, interviews and behind-the-scenes videos of the 2015 Naked campaign online, as well as more information on BTW. For all the updates, visit www.marieclaire.co.za.

SOURCE: Lira to grace cover of Marie Claire’s 2015 Naked issue – Media Update – published 16 February 2015

SAPS Press conference on DNA legislation – Media invitation

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

MEDIA ALERT

SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE

To:     All media

SAPS NATIONAL COMMISSIONER PROVIDES PROGRESS ON DNA LEGISLATION

Pretoria 3 February 2015 – The Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) Amendment Act 37 of 2013 (the DNA Act) was finally passed into law on the 27th of January 2014.

The SAPS National Commissioner, General Riah Phiyega cordially invites the media to a press conference in which she will provide progress on DNA legislation and capacity in this regard, investigations and convictions on rape cases.

Date:               4 Feb 2015

Time:              9:30am for 10:00am

Venue:            GCIS Press Room, corner Frances Baard and Festival Streets, Hatfield

SAPS Forensic Services: Available Posts – November 2014

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

New posts within the South African Police Service (SAPS) Forensic Services Division, under the SAPS Act (employment as a police official), have been added to their website and are currently being advertised for November 2014 – http://www.saps.gov.za/careers/careers.php.

Please Note: Police officials are employed in terms of the South African Police Service Act, 1995 (Act No 68 of 1995).

CLOSING DATE for all applications: 21 November 2014

POLICE ACT POSTS

Click here to read the application process in terms of the SAPS Act.

Please download the full advertisement for all the new SAPS Act posts, including full requirements, core responsibilities, salary level and how to apply (PDF).

Download the official application form from the SAPS website.

The following posts are available:

1. Post: Personnel Practitioner (Warrant Officer)
Sub-Section: Employee Health and Wellness
Section: Nodal Support Centre
Component: Criminal Record and Crime Scene Management (1 Post) (Ref FS 126/2014)
Location of the post: Pretoria: Gauteng

2. Post: Provisioning Administration Officer (Warrant Officer)
Sub Section: Supply Chain Management: Demand and Acquisition
Section: Nodal Support Centre
Location of the post:

  • Criminal Record and Crime Scene Management: National Office: Pretoria (1 Post) (Ref FS 127/2014)
  • Provincial CR & CSM: King Williams Town: Eastern Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 128/2014)
  • Provincial CR & CSM: Bloemfontein: Free State (1 Post) (Ref FS 129/2014)
  • Provincial CR & CSM: Durban: Kwazulu-Natal (1 Post) (Ref FS 130/2014)
  • Provincial CR & CSM: Potchefstroom: North West (1 Post) (Ref FS 131/2014)
  • Provincial CR & CSM: Kimberley: Northern Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 132/2014)
  • Provincial CR & CSM: Cape Town: Western Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 133/2014)
  • Provincial CR & CSM: Polokwane: Limpopo (1 Post) (Ref FS 134/2014)
  • Forensic Science Laboratory: Amazimtoti: Kwazulu-Natal (1 Post) (Ref FS 135/2014)
  • Forensic Science Laboratory: Plattekloof: Western Cape: (1 Post) (Ref FS 136/2014)

3. Post: Provisioning Administration Officer (Warrant Officer)
Sub-Section: Supply Chain Management: Vehicle Fleet Management
Section: Nodal Support Centre
Location of the post:

  • Criminal Record and Crime Scene Management National Office: Pretoria (2 Posts)(Ref FS 137/2014)
  • Provincial CR & CSM: Bloemfontein: Free State (1 Post) (Ref FS 138/2014)
  • Provincial CR & CSM: Johannesburg: Gauteng (1 Post) (Ref FS 139/2014)
  • Provincial CR & CSM: Polokwane: Limpopo (1 Post) (Ref FS 140/2014)
  • Provincial CR & CSM: Cape Town: Western Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 141/2014)
  • Forensic Science Laboratory: National Office: Pretoria (1 Post) (Ref FS 142/2014)
  • Forensic Science Laboratory: Port Elizabeth: Eastern Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 143/2014)
  • Forensic Science Laboratory: Amanzimtoti: Kwazulu-Natal (1 Post) (Ref FS 144/2014)

4. Post: Provisioning Administration Officer (Warrant Officer)
Sub-Section: Supply Chain Management: Moveable Government Property
Section: Nodal Support Centre
Location of the post:

  • Provincial CR & CSM: Cape Town: Western Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 145/2014)
  • Forensic Science Laboratory: National Office Pretoria (1 Post) (Ref FS 146/2014)
  • Forensic Science Laboratory: Amanzimtoti: Kwazulu-Natal (1 Post) (Ref FS 147/2014)
  • Forensic Science Laboratory: Plattekloof: Western Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 148/2014)

5. Post: Provisioning Administration Officer (Warrant Officer)
Sub-Section: Supply Chain Management: Facility Management
Section: Nodal Support Centre: Forensic Science Laboratory
Location of the post:

  • Port Elizabeth: Eastern Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 149/2014)
  • Amanzimtoti: Kwazulu-Natal (1 Post) (Ref FS 150/2014)

6. Post: State Accountant (Warrant Officer)
Sub Section: Finance and Administration Services
Section: Nodal Support Centre
Location of the post:

  • Provincial CR & CSM: Cape Town: Western Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 151/2014)
  • Provincial CR & CSM: Bloemfontein: Free State (1 Post) (Ref FS 152/2014)
  • Provincial CR & CSM: Durban: Kwazulu-Natal (1 Post) (Ref FS 153/2014)
  • Forensic Science Laboratory: Amazimtoti: Kwazulu-Natal (1 Post)(Ref FS 154/2014)
  • Forensic Science Laboratory: Plattekloof: Western Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 155/2014)

7. Post: State Accountant (Warrant Officer)
Sub Section: Finance and Administration Services
Section: Nodal Support Centre
Component: Forensic Science Laboratory
Location of the post: National Office: Pretoria (1 Post) (Ref FS 156/2014)

8. Post: State Accountant (Warrant Officer)
Sub Section: Finance and Administration Services (Bookkeeping)
Section: Nodal Support Centre
Component: Criminal Record and Crime Scene Management
Location of the post: National Office: Pretoria (1 Post) (Ref FS 157/2014)

9. Post: Personnel Practitioner (Warrant Officer)
Sub-Section: Human Resource Management
Section: Nodal Support Centre
Location of the post:

  • Provincial CR & CSM: Bloemfontein: Free State (1 Post) (Ref FS 158/2014)
  • Provincial CR & CSM: Durban: Kwazulu-Natal (1 Post) (Ref FS 159/2014)
  • Provincial CR & CSM: Middelburg: Mpumalanga (1 Post) (Ref FS 160/2014)
  • Provincial CR & CSM: King Williamstown: Eastern Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 161/2014)
  • Forensic Science Laboratory: Port Elizabeth: Eastern Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 162/2014)
  • Forensic Science Laboratory: Amanzimtoti: KwaZulu-Natal (1 Post) (Ref FS 163/2014)

10. Post: Personnel Practitioner (Warrant Officer)
Sub-Section: Employee Relations
Section: Nodal Support Centre
Component: Criminal Record and Crime Scene Management
Location of the post:

  • Provincial CR & CSM: Polokwane: Limpopo (1 Post) (Ref FS 164/2014)
  • Provincial CR & CSM: Johannesburg: Gauteng (1 Post) (Ref FS 165/2014)
  • Provincial CR & CSM: Cape Town: Western Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 166/2014)
  • Provincial CR & CSM: Middelburg: Mpumalanga (1 Post) (Ref FS 167/2014)
  • Provincial CR & CSM: Durban: Kwazulu-Natal (1 Post) (Ref FS 168/2014)

11. Post: Warrant Officer
Section: Record Tracing: Local Criminal Record Centre:
Component: Criminal Record & Crime Scene Management
Location of the post:

  • Protea Glen: Gauteng (1 Post) (Ref FS 169/2014)
  • Springs: Gauteng (1 Post) (Ref FS 170/2014)
  • Vereeniging: Gauteng: (1 Post) (Ref FS 171/2014)
  • Johannesburg: Gauteng: (1 Post) (Ref FS 172/2014)
  • Krugersdorp: Gauteng: (1 Post) (Ref FS 173/2014)
  • Ga-Rankuwa: Gauteng: (1 Post) (Ref FS 174/2014)
  • Provincial CR & CSM: Gauteng: (1 Post) (Ref FS 175/2014)

12. Post: Warrant Officer
Section: Adjudication: Local Criminal Record Centre:
Component: Criminal Record & Crime Scene Management
Location of the post:

  • Kempton Park: Gauteng (1 Post) (Ref FS 176/2014)
  • Lyttelton: Gauteng (1 Post) (Ref FS 177/2014)
  • Germiston: Gauteng (1 Post) (Ref FS 178/2014)
  • Pretoria North: Gauteng (1Post) (Ref FS 179/2014)
  • Sandton: Gauteng (1Post) (Ref FS 180/2014)
  • Protea-Glen: Gauteng (1 Post) (Ref FS 181/2014)
  • Springs: Gauteng (1 Post) (Ref FS 182/2014)
  • Vereeniging: Gauteng (1 Post) (Ref FS 183/2014)
  • Johannesburg: Gauteng (1 Post) (Ref FS 184/2014)
  • Krugersdorp: Gauteng (1 Post) (Ref FS 185/2014)
  • Ga-Rankuwa: Gauteng (1 Post) (Ref FS 186/2014)
  • Provincial CR & CSM: Gauteng (1 Post) (Ref FS 187/2014)

13. Post: Warrant Officer
Section: Crime Scene Investigation
Component: Criminal Record and Crime Scene Management
Location of the post:

  • Port Elizabeth: Eastern Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 188/2014)
  • Mount Road: Eastern Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 189/2014)
  • Provincial Task Team: Port Elizabeth: Eastern Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 190/2014)
  • Vryburg: North West (1 Post) (Ref FS 191/2014)
  • Brits: North West (1 Post) (Ref FS 192/2014)
  • Potchefstroom: North West (1 Post) (Ref FS 193/2014)
  • Provincial CR & CSM: Kimberley: Northern Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 194/2014)
  • Kimberley (Hartswater LCRC Service Point): Northern Cape (1Post) (Ref FS 195/2014)
  • Upington (Kakamas LCRC Service Point): Northern Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 196/2014)
  • George: Western Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 197/2014)
  • Mitchells Plain: Western Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 198/2014)
  • Bellville: Western Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 199/2014)
  • Cape Town: Western Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 200/2014)
  • Lebowakgomo (Burgersfort LCRC Service Point): Limpopo (2 Posts) (Ref FS 201/2014)
  • Musina (Tshamutumbu LCRC Service Point): Limpopo (1 Post) (Ref FS 202/2014)
  • Acornhoek: Mpumalanga (1 Post) (Ref FS 203/2014)
  • Nelspruit: Mpumalanga (1 Post) (Ref FS 204/2014)
  • Provincial CR & CSM: Durban: Kwazulu-Natal (1 Post) (Ref FS 205/2014)

14. Post: Forensic Analyst (Warrant Officer)
Section: Crime Scene Laboratories
Component: Criminal Record and Crime Scene Management
Location of the post:

  • Bloemfontein: Free State (1 Post) (Ref FS 206/2014)
  • Mtubatuba: Kwazulu-Natal (1 Post) (Ref FS 207/2014)
  • Middelburg: Eastern Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 208/2014)
  • Witbank: Mpumalanga (1 Post) (Ref FS 209/2014)

15. Post: Forensic Analyst (Warrant Officer)
Sub-Section: Forensic Anthropology
Section: Victim Identification Centre
Component: Forensic Science Laboratory
Location of the post: Pretoria: Gauteng (1 Post) (Ref FS 210/2014)

16. Post: Forensic Analyst (Warrant Officer)
Sub-Section: Handwriting Analysis
Section: Questioned Documents
Component: Forensic Science Laboratory
Location of the post: Amanzimtoti: Kwazulu-Natal (1 Post) (Ref FS 211/2014)

17. Post: Forensic Analyst (Warrant Officer)
Sub Section: Image Analysis
Section: Scientific Analysis
Component: Forensic Science Laboratory
Location of the post: Plattekloof: Western Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 212/2014)

18. Post: Forensic Analyst (Warrant Officer)
Sub Section: Mechanical Engineering
Section: Ballistics
Component: Forensic Science Laboratory
Location of the post: Plattekloof: Western Cape (1 Post) (Ref FS 213/2014)

19. Post: Warrant Officer (Forensic Analyst)
Component: Quality Management
Section: Quality Assurance
Sub-Section/ Location of the post:

  • Chemistry: Amanzimtoti: Kwazulu-Natal [1 post] (Ref FS 214/2014)
  • Victim Identification Centre: Pretoria: Gauteng [1 post] (Ref FS 215/2014)
  • Scientific Analysis: Plattekloof: Western Cape [1 post] (Ref FS 216/2014)
  • Scientific Analysis: Pretoria: Gauteng [1 post] (Ref FS 217/2014)
  • Questioned Documents: Amanzimtoti: KwaZulu-Natal [1 post] (Ref FS 218/2014)
  • Questioned Documents: Pretoria: Gauteng [1 post] (Ref FS 219/2014)

20. Post: Warrant Officer (Forensic Analyst)
Component: Quality Management
Section: Technical Management: Forensic Science Laboratory
Sub-Section:

  • Biology: Pretoria: Gauteng [1 post] (Ref FS 220/2014)
  • Regional Laboratory: Plattekloof: Western Cape [1 post] (Ref FS 221/2014)
  • Chemistry: Plattekloof: Western Cape [1 post] (Ref FS 222/2014)

21. Post: Warrant Officer (Forensic Analyst)
Component: Quality Management
Section: Regional Quality Management: Criminal Record and Crime Scene Management: LCRC: Quality Control
Location of Post:

  • Cape Town: Western Cape [1 post] (Ref FS 223/2014)
  • King Williams Town: Eastern Cape [1 post] (Ref FS 224/2014)
  • Durban: Kwazulu-Natal [1 post] (Ref FS 225/2014)
  • Kimberley: Northern Cape [1 post] (Ref FS 226/2014)
  • Potchefstroom: North West [1 post] (Ref FS 227/2014)
  • Middelburg: Mpumalanga [1 post] (Ref FS 228/2014)
  • Polokwane: Limpopo [1 post] (Ref FS 229/2014)
  • Bloemfontein: Free State [1 post] (Ref FS 230/2014)
  • Johannesburg: Gauteng [1 post] (Ref FS 231/2014)

22. Post: Warrant Officer (Forensic Analyst)
Component: Quality Management
Section: Regional Quality Management: Criminal Record and Crime Scene Management: LCRC: Quality Assurance
Location of Post:

  • Cape Town: Western Cape [1 post] (Ref FS 232/2014)
  • King Williams Town: Eastern Cape [1 post] (Ref FS 233/2014)
  • Durban: Kwazulu-Natal [1 post] (Ref FS 234/2014)
  • Kimberley: Northern Cape [1 post] (Ref FS 235/2014)
  • Potchefstroom: North West [1 post] (Ref FS 236/2014)
  • Middelburg: Mpumalanga [1 post] (Ref FS 237/2014)
  • Polokwane: Limpopo [1 post] (Ref FS 238/2014)
  • Bloemfontein: Free State [1 post] (Ref FS 239/2014)
  • Johannesburg: Gauteng [1 post] (Ref FS 240/2014)

GENERAL:

  • Only the official application form (available on the SAPS website and at SAPS recruitment offices) will be accepted. The Z83 previously utilized will no longer be accepted. All instructions on the application form must be adhered to and previous criminal convictions must be declared. Failure to do so may result in the rejection of the application.
  • The post particulars and reference number of the post must be correctly specified on the application form. A separate application form must be completed for each post.
  • Persons who retired from the Public Service by taking a severance package, early retirement or for medical reasons, as well as persons with previous convictions, are excluded.
  • A comprehensive Curriculum Vitae must be submitted together with the application form.
  • Certified copies (certification preferably by Police Officers) of an applicant’s ID document, motor vehicle driver’s license (Police Act appointments), Senior Certificate and all educational qualifications obtained together with academic records (statement of results) thereof and service certificates of previous employers stating the occupation and the period, must also be submitted and attached to every application. The copies must be correctly certified on the copy itself, not at the back. The certification must not be older than three months.
  • APPLICANTS ARE REQUESTED TO INITIAL EACH AND EVERY PAGE OF THE APPLICATION FORM, CV INCLUDING ALL ANNEXURES.
  • All qualifications and driver’s licenses submitted will be subjected to verification checking with the relevant institutions. The South African Police Service will conduct reference checks.
  • The closing date for the applications is 2014-11-21. Applications must be mailed timeously. Late applications will not be accepted or considered.
  • Appointments will be made in terms of the SAPS Act or Public Service Act as applicable to the post environment.
  • If a candidate is short-listed, it can be expected of him/her to undergo a personal interview.
  • Successful applicants to be appointed in terms of the South African Police Service Act, 1995 (Act no 68 of 1995) and not yet applicants appointed in terms of the South African Police Service Act, 1995 (Act no 68 of 1995) will have to undergo a medical examination and found to be medically fit. They will further have to comply with the prescripts on the SAPS Dress Order, whereby tattoos may not be visible when wearing uniform, must be willing to undergo the prescribed Introductory Police Development Learning Programme and are expected to work flexi hours or shifts in the execution of their duties.
  • Short-listed candidates for appointment to certain identified posts, will be vetted in terms of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act, 2007 (Act No 32 of 2007) and the Children’s Act, 2005 (Act No 38 of 2005). A candidate, whose particulars appear in either the National Register for Sex Offenders or Part B of the Child Protection Register, will be disqualified from appointment to that post.
  • All short-listed candidates will be subjected to fingerprint screening.
  • Correspondence will be conducted with successful candidates only. If you have not been contacted within three (3) months after the closing date of this advertisement, please accept that your application was unsuccessful.
  • The South African Police Service is under no obligation to fill a post after the advertisement thereof.
  • The South African Police Service is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and it is the intention to promote representivity in the Public Service through the filling of these posts. Persons whose transfer/appointment/promotion will promote representivity will therefore receive preference.

Applications and enquiries can be directed to:
Lt Colonel Klopper / Lieutenant Moonsamy
Tel: (012) 421-0194
Tel: (012) 421-0584

Postal Address:
Private Bag X 322
PRETORIA
0001

Hand Delivery:
Cnr Beckett and Pretorius Street
Strelitzia Building
Arcadia
0083

Draft of forensic DNA regulations published for public comment

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Under Section 15AD of the South African Police Service Act, draft regulations outlining how the South African Police Service (SAPS) will be allowed to take DNA samples from suspects have been drawn up in terms of Section 6 of the Criminal Law (Forensic Procedures) Amendment Act of 2013 [the “DNA ACT”].

These draft regulations were published on the 9th of October 2014 in Government Gazette 38074 for public comment.

All interested parties have been invited to comment on the draft regulations within 21 days of the publication – i.e. by no later than the 30th of October 2014.

Comments must be made in writing and directed to:

Brigadier M van Rooyen
Legal Services: Governance, Policy and Legislation Management
South African Police Service

E-mail address: vanrooyenmsaps.gov.za

Fax number: (012) 393 7098

Street address:
Room No. 311
3rd Floor
Presidia Building
255 Pretorius Street
Cr. Paul Kruger and Pretorius Street
PRETORIA

To view a PDF copy of Government Gazette 38074, please click here.

To view a PDF summary of the DNA Act, please click here.

Once the submissions have been received and considered, the draft regulations will be submitted to the Minister of Police for approval.

The draft regulations focus on, inter alia:

  • The taking of a buccal sample;
  • The keeping of records in respect of collected buccal and crime scene samples;
  • Preservation and timely transfer of collected samples to the Forensic Science Laboratory;
  • Conducting of comparative searches;
  • Communication of forensic DNA findings and related information;
  • DNA examinations conducted at the Forensic Science Laboratories;
  • Request for access to information stored on the NFDD;
  • Follow-up of forensic investigative leads;
  • Destruction of buccal samples;
  • Notification of court findings;
  • Removal of forensic DNA profiles from the NFDD;
  • Protocols and training relating to familial searches;
  • Complaints to the Forensic Oversight and Ethics Board;
  • Reports;
  • Information technology infrastructure and systems; and
  • Requests for removal of DNA profiles.