Convicted Offenders Bill


Place pressure on President Ramaphosa to pass the Convicted Offenders Amendment Bill.

    • 96,875  convicted violent criminals have been released on parole without DNA samples taken or recorded.
    • This is due to the failure of the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele to bring the Convicted Offender Amendment Bill (CO Bill) to Parliament.

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    This participation campaign is a collaborative effort between DearSA and Action Society – a civil rights organisation driven by a purpose to provide a voice to the voiceless.

    Minister Ronald Lamola confirmed that 96,875 convicted “Schedule 8” offenders, have been released on parole since 2016 without their DNA sample being taken and recorded.

    Schedule 8 offences includes murder, rape and sexual offences against children. These are the most violent criminals in our society.
    This is due to the failure of the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele to bring the Convicted Offender Amendment Bill (CO Bill) to Parliament.

    The aim of this bill is ensure that a DNA sample is taken from convicted schedule 8 offenders and added to the convicted offenders database before they are released on parole.



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