Film Board wants ex-cop in custody
Johannesburg - A former policeman arrested on charges relating to child pornography should not be granted bail, the Film and Publication Board (FPB) said on Monday.
"As the FPB we will rally behind the prosecution, to oppose bail for the accused and are confident that the Hawks will arrest all those involved in the syndicate," said chief executive officer Yoliswa Makhasi.
"The Film and Publication Act as amended makes illegal the creation, possession, distribution, importation and broadcasting of child pornography."
She said the board hoped the former policeman would face the might of the law and be sentenced with due consideration of the seriousness of the crimes, if found guilty.
"We will be following the case very closely, as part of our national campaign against child pornography."
The Hawks arrested the 38-year-old former police officer believed to be the head of a national child pornography ring which spread its material on the social media network, MXit.
He was arrested while trying to leave the country on Thursday, after a two-month long investigation, Rapport reported on Sunday.