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Criminal Procedure Act, 1977 (Act No. 51 of 1977)

Chapter 2 : Search warrants, entering of premises, seizure, forfeiture and disposal of property connected with offences

32. Disposal of article where criminal proceedings are instituted and admission of guilt fine is paid


(1) If criminal proceedings are instituted in connection with any article referred to in section 30(c) and the accused admits his guilt in accordance with the provisions of section 57, the article shall be returned to the person from whom it was seized, if such person may lawfully possess such article, or, if such person may not lawfully possess such article, to the person who may lawfully possess it, whereupon the provisions of section 31(2) shall apply with reference to any such person.


(2) If no person may lawfully possess such article or if the police official charged with the investigation reasonably does not know of any person who may lawfully possess such article, the article shall be forfeited to the State.

[Section 32(2) substituted by section 3 of Act No. 5 of 1991]