By placing a suspect’s finger on a tiny touch pad, police can find out if they are wanted for any crime, be it drunk-driving or murder, in a matter of seconds. Each device is linked to the central national database located at the National Office in Pretoria which contains data regarding all wanted criminals in South Africa. Already, scores of people have been arrested thanks to the MorphoTouch.
On Tuesday 27 March, John Robbie asked companies to phone in and sponsor these machines, as the cost of them is R22 500 each.
Tsebo ended up donating 2 machines as the supplier of the machine reduced the price to R22 500 per machine. Drake & Scull also donated a machine. This morning John Robbie said that a total of 78 machines had been donated.