DNA Bill Panel Discussion

Date: 13 February 2014

Time: 12:00 – 14:00

Venue: Melrose Arch African Pride Hotel

1 Melrose Square

Melrose Arch

Johannesburg, GAU 2196, ZA

+27 11 214 6666


  • Highlight the importance of DNA evidence and how it should be preserved
  • The important work of the FSL
  • Create awareness of the Criminal Law Amendment Bill or DNA Bill promulgated in Parliament and provide clarity of what the next steps are in terms of implementation
  • Highlight the benefits and positive effects the legislation will have on fighting crime and the economic benefits


12:00 – 12:10 Guests arrive and registration

12:10 Welcome and introduction of Lt General Sitole

12:15 (Mara Glennie)

12:15 Key note address

12:35 (Deputy National Police Commissioner, Lt Gen Sitole)

12:35 Introduction of Panellists

12:40 (Debora Patta)

12:40 – 13:10 Debate, the DNA Bill:

  • What it is
  • How will it be implemented?
  • Preserving DNA
  • How will it influence the combating of crime in South Africa?
  • It’s influence on growing the economy?
  • How is impacted a rape survivor in getting justice

13:10 – 13:25 Q and A’s

13:25 Light lunch, refreshments and networking


  • Deputy Provincial Police Commissioner – Maj General Sharon Jephta
  • Head of Quality Management at SAPS Forensics Department – Major General Adeline Shezi
  • International Forensic specialist – Prof Jack Ballantyne National Center for Forensic Science, Orlando, USA
  • Criminal lawyer – Mr James Aveyard
  • Director and Chief Economist of Efficient Group – Mr Dawie Roodt
  • Rape Survivor –Ms Lindie Mdlulie
  • Ms Vanessa Lynch – Executive Director – DNA Project
  • Det Sergeant Joseph Blozis – NYPD (Retired)


Map (PDF)

Parking Directions –African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel

Entering Melrose Boulevard off Corlett Drive

When entering Melrose Arch off Corlett Drive onto Melrose Boulevard, the BMW garage will be on your RHS and Toyota showroom on your LHS. Cross through the traffic light intersection and continue through the security check point. Go through the first set of traffic lights (P1: Parking entrance one will be on your RHS). Continue straight through another 2 sets of traffic lights (with Virgin Active on your LHS) and turn right on Crescent Drive road. Continue straight at the next traffic light and you will decline a ramp and follow the road with a sharp bend to the LHS. When at the bottom of the parking ramp, take the left slip road to public parking and take a ticket from the ticket station. Continue through the boom and travel straight (parking bays will be on your left and right.) You will go through a stop street and then you will see an escalator set on your RHS that is illuminated with blue lights. Park anywhere within this vicinity. Adjacent to the blue lifts is the Melrose Arch Hotel elevator (visible by the mirror mosaic pattern on the wall outside the lifts). Enter the lift and travel to the Ground Floor where you will enter the hotel reception.


The TEARS Foundation (Pty) Ltd was founded in 2012, specialising in the development of a nationally accessible assistance and support network for survivors of rape and sexual abuse.

TEARS strives to be an agent of transformation for all aspects of education about Rape and sexual abuse in order to promote positive change in the values and attitudes of the South African society, where the right to say “NO” is upheld as a basic human right; where victims of rape and sexual abuse are treated with empathy and dignity.

In Accordance with the B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice, 75% of the Value of Contributions Made to TEARS will Ultimately Benefit Black Individuals.

If you want to offer assistance to survivors contact your nearest facility by dealing *120*7355# and you will be given the names of the three nearest facilities in your immediate vicinity.

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