City warns employees against porn downloads

2011-01-26 06:51

The City of Johannesburg has warned its employees through a circular against downloading child pornography and bestiality material, The Star reported today.

The newspaper reported that the circular, put up at Sophie Masite Civic Centre in Jabulani, Soweto, last week, stated that “all urban management employees are urged to immediately stop the downloading and or transmission of pornographic material, failing which the department will without hesitation institute disciplinary action and will lay criminal charges”.

It stated: “It has been brought to the attention of the office of the executive director that there is a significant level of abuse of the city’s computer system, with specific reference to the downloading of adult pornography, child pornography and bestiality”.

Council spokesperson Gabu Tugwana reportedly denied the circular was a result of its employees having been caught downloading the illegal material.

He said the circular was merely intended to remind staff about the council’s policies, and to warn them about the disciplinary steps that could be taken against them.

“It’s a tactic to reduce possible contravention of the city’s IT policy,” Tugwana was quoted saying.

Film and Publication Board spokesperson Mlimandlela Ndamase said it had not received any complaints from the council as per the Section 27 of the Films and Publications Act’s requirement that anyone who suspects someone of possessing, creating, importing, obtaining or distributing a film that contains child porn must report it to the police.

This may see the council having to answer to the Film and Publication Board for having allegedly failed to report the suspected crimes by its employees.

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