Expungement is a process by which a criminal record of a convicted offender is removed from the criminal record database of the Criminal Record Centre of the South African Police Service. In terms of Section 271B of the Criminal Procedure this can only be done after a period of ten years have passed after the date of the conviction for that conviction and that there has been no conviction and sentences during those ten years.
It is difficult to find your desired employment opportunities if you have a criminal record. South African firms frequently request criminal record checks.
A person will not qualify for expungment if he or she was convicted of a sexual offence against a child or a person who is mentally disabled or of an offence, where he or she was found to be unsuitable to work with children. His or her name is included in the National Register for Sex Offenders or the National Child Protection Register but may qualify if his or her name has been removed from the National Register for Sex Offenders or the National Child Protection Register.