Boksburg child porn case to be held in camera

2015-10-02 11:24
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Johannesburg - No media or members of the public were allowed to sit in on a case against a Boksburg car salesman who has been charged with possession, manufacturing and distributing child pornography at the Boksburg Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Senior Prosecutor Henk Strydom told reporters the matter would be heard in camera and the man's identity not made public in accordance with the Child Sexual Offences Act.

The 39-year-old was arrested at his workplace on Wednesday after police established he had child pornography on his laptop.

His house was subsequently raided and several laptops, external hard drives, cell phones, memory cards, a DVD, Play Station console and a mini spy-camera, believed to be his, were seized.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said the man allegedly took nude photographs of his girlfriend's four-year-old daughter and shared them online. The man had shared the pictures with users as far as the US. His activities were detected by Homeland Security in that country, who notified the South African Police Service (SAPS).

On Friday morning, Women and Men Against Child Abuse's Operations Director Vincentia Dlamini said South Africa's judicial system needed to be harsher on offenders.

"Our country is actually failing our victims, because this is seen as a lesser offence in other sexual offences cases and is being treated like a victim-less crime. So we want to show this is not a victim-less crime.

"For child pornography to be manufactured, a child is violated. And when one views this material, they actually violate this child further."

Dlamini said perpetrators often got off lightly on such charges. The man appearing in court had apparently been arrested previously on related charges, but subsequently released.

"[He] was arrested before, but was released, he was not charged. He is a re-offender and we want to ask ourselves 'How many children are falling victim of such crimes?'," she said.

The matter is currently being heard in court.



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