Pro-sourcing Criminal Records


What is the first emotion or word that comes to mind when you read that word?

A criminal record is a title behind your name for life, and one thing that can make going overseas extremely difficult or, in most cases, impossible. The scariest part of it all is that you can get a criminal record from small things that nobody really knows about, or don’t know the consequences of.

In less severe cases, a person may be offered to pay an admission of guilt fine before they appear in court. This may seem like the easy way out of being imprisoned, and the cheaper option, but that does constitute a criminal record. It must be noted, however, that paying to be released on bail and paying an admission of guilt are two different things entirely.

As soon as the police take the accused’s fingerprints, open a docket, and the accused pays the admission of guilt fine, the accused becomes convicted of a crime. However, this criminal record is not permanent and only lasts ten years. The crimes that constitute an admission of guilt fine are actions as simple as illegal parking, speeding, etc..

All of the above is not absolute and is subject to circumstances and the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977.

How do I know if I have a criminal record?

You can apply for a Police Clearance Certificate (PCC), which is an official document that is issued by the Criminal Record and Crime Scene Management.

To apply;

  1. You need your fingerprints taken at a police station
  2. You need to take a complete application form (
  3. If a maiden name is required, proof of that surname is required (such as a marriage certificate)
  4. Proof of payment – a fee of R114, which can be paid in cash or by EFT

I have a criminal record, now what?

You can appeal for a possible criminal record clearance on the following grounds;

  1. It has been ten years since you were convicted and the time of the application
  2. You were not sentenced or jailed for any other reason during those ten years
  3. Your sentence imprisoned you from 18:00 on a Friday until 18:00 on a Sunday, or it was community-based
  4. Your conviction was racial discrimination
  5. Your offence would democratically not be considered an offence or a minor offence
  6. You were sentenced for;
  7. minor crimes
  8. politically motivated crimes

No clearance will be granted if;

  1. The offence was sexual transgression towards a minor or a mentally-challenged person
  2. Your name is on the National Register for Sex Offenders or National Child Protection Register
  3. You committed a serious crime that did not have the option of paying a fine

How to do it and where to go

  1. A Police Clearance Certificate must show that there was a ten-year interval between the crime and your application
  2. Complete the expungement application and attach all the necessary documentation 
  3. The application form must be delivered by hand or posted to the Director-General: Justice and Constitutional Development

What is the first emotion or word that comes to mind when you read that word?

Underdeveloped, poor, low-resourced?

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