Action Society

Mar 2021

Child pornography arrests shock SA

Action Society is concerned after a fourth person since October 2020 has been arrested in South Africa in connection with child pornography.   According to police spokesperson Captain Malcolm Pojie a 48-year-old farmer from Swellendam was arrested two weeks ago because he was in possession of footage that amounts to

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Action Society lodges complaint with Public Protector on DNA backlog

Civil rights group Action Society has announced that it has lodged a complaint with the Public Protector (PP) against the SAPS and considering other legal options as the backlog of unprocessed DNA tests approaches the 200,000 mark. The group has since accused the police service of misleading Parliament and South African citizens.

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Action Society lodges a complaint against SAPS and considers legal action

Action Society is concerned about the extent to which the South African Police Service (SAPS) is misleading Parliament and fellow South Africans.  The lobby group therefor has instructed their legal team to lodge a formal complaint against the SAPS with the Public Protector. According to Action Society mismanagement and maladministration

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Turnaround plan to tackle DNA backlog implemented by SAPS

Cape Town – The police have implemented a turnaround strategy on its DNA backlog saga, and have adopted a project plan-driven approach to finalise the backlog. This after an outcry by civil society organisations that its forensic science laboratory’s electronic registry system has been down for almost a year, and

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Action Society relieved: FDA System to be switched back on

SAPS lies this morning caught up with them when a meeting with the Portfolio Committee on Police concluded that the FDA (Forensic Data Analysts) system should be switched back on. The chairperson of the committee, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, admitted that she had been misled and gave relevant parties another week to

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Action Society’s Virtual Protest Action successfully “flooding” Joemat-Pettersson’s inbox

The chairperson of Portfolio Committee on Police, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, yesterday asked the pressure group Action Society to desist from continuing their Virtual Protest Action ( as it is flooding her inbox. Action Society’s #SwitchOffGBV campaign was launched after the head of the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), Major General Edward Ngokha,

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FSL head admits SA’s DNA backlog is at 172,787

During the meeting of the National Forensic Oversight Ethics Board and the Portfolio Committee on Police, the head of the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), Major General Edward Ngokha, this morning confirmed that the current DNA backlog yesterday stood at 172,787 cases. “For the months of January and February 2021 no

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Forensic DNA system has been down for almost a year

The forensic science laboratory’s (FSL) electronic registry system, which manages evidence for DNA analysis, has been down for almost a year. “Obviously this has an enormous impact on the handing over and processing of DNA tests as it is now done manually,” says Dr Rineé Pretorius, spokesperson for Action Society.

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