A proposed new law to establish a nationwide DNA profiling system has been put on the back burner and will only be considered after next month's elections.
The Criminal Law (Forensic Procedbuers) Amendment Bill was before an ad hoc committee which has now decided to leave it to a new committee to be formed when the new parliament convenes.
Among other things, the bill seeks to establish and regulate the administration and maintenance of a National DNA Database on South Africa (NDDSA).
The database would be used to provide criminal intelligence and to identify people alleged to have committed offences.
According to the bill, this information would help to prove the innocence or guilt of accused people and could also help in the identification of missing people or unidentified remains.
The NDDSA would consist of a crime scene index, a reference index, a convicted offenders index, a volunteer index and a personnel, contractor and supplier elimination index.