Child sex clips: Phoenix businessman in court

2009-03-26 00:00

POLICE have warned that anyone found with child pornography images will face the full wrath of the law.

The threatened clampdown comes after a businessman in Phoenix, Durban, was arrested for being in possession of a cellphone video of child pornography.

Enbanathan Govender (31) made a brief appearance in the Verulam Magistrate's Court where he was charged under the Film and Publications Act.

He was released on R500 bail and will appear again on April 3.

Phoenix police detectives found the pornographic video clips on Govender's cellphone after a tip-off from a community leader.

The explicit footage shows the alleged gang rape of a 16-year-old Northmead Secondary pupil.

The video, which shows four teenagers having sexual intercourse and other lewd acts with the girl, has been circulated among pupils and factory workers and was even sold at shopping malls in the Phoenix area.

Police said they would arrest any person regardless of their professional background if they are found in possession of child pornography.

Police spokesman Superintendent Jay Naicker said police received information that Govender had the video on his cellphone.

"Our members followed up on this information and made the arrest.

"More arrests are imminent," he said.

Naicker said that police wanted to issue "a stern warning to members of the public who may be in possession of these images to immediately delete these images from their cellphones and refrain from further distributing these images," he said.

Naicker said that people who are found with these images will immediately be arrested and charged.

"This has become a real concern for us as more and more videos depicting the sexual violation of children are made and distributed in the community," he said.

Meanwhile, the Film and Publications Board has raised concerns about the lack of understanding of anti-child pornography laws in South Africa.

The board's chief executive officer, Yoliswa Makhasi, said the recent case involving the Northmead Secondary pupils in the sex video was a major cause of concern for the board.

She said that police need "to send a clear message of zero tolerance to the creation, distribution and possession of child pornography".

Any person who has information about people who are in possession of images depicting sexual acts involving minors is urged to report it to their local police station or Crime Stop at 0860 010111.

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