QUESTION NO 19
19. Mr A G Matila (ANC-Gauteng) to ask the Minister of Police:
(1) Whether all police stations provide a fingerprint service to communities on a daily basis; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details;
(2) whether any decision has been taken to provide such a service at certain police stations and on certain days of the week; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, what informed such a decision?
Yes. All fully fledged established police stations, excluding satellite police stations or contact points, should render a service with regard to the taking of fingerprints on a daily basis.
However, the taking of fingerprints has financial implications in certain situations, which cause those services only to be rendered during certain hours and at certain police stations. In terms of National Treasury instructions, members of the public are compelled to pay for certain fingerprint services, for example fingerprints taken for public driver permits, police clearance certificates, etc. The aforesaid money can only be paid at police stations equipped with financial offices.
Reply to question 20 approved by the Minister