Criminal record only expunged after 10 years

How long do criminal records last?

Nicro's Advocacy and Lobbying Manager Vanessa Padayachee says a criminal record is only expunged 10 years after the date of conviction.

For juvenile offenders, the record lasts 5 to 10 years, depending on the severity of the crime.

The SA Law Commission is currently reviewing the legislation and will be proposing an amendment.

Currently, it is an administrative process where the Justice Department director general decided on expunging record after 10 years.

Nicro supports a change whereby the request is put before a court.

The court is in the best position in the balancing of rights....it should not be at the discretion of a government official.

Vanessa Padayachee, Nicro's Advocacy and Lobbying Manager

She says Nicro did a submission and is excited about the Law Commission's recommendations.

Nicro works with rehabilitated ex-offenders.

They want to turn their lives around...but are often unable to get jobs because of their criminal records.

Vanessa Padayachee, Nicro's Advocacy and Lobbying Manager

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