FPB pleased with Plett arrest

2010-10-06 21:02

Johannesburg - The Film and Publications Board (FPB) commended the police for arresting a man for alleged sexual exploitation of children and showing them pornography, saying on Wednesday that more people should come forward to report such suspicions.

"It is an indication that the police are indeed taking child pornography as a serious office; and are on the look-out for paedophiles and criminals involved in similar cases; regardless of their economic and social standing," a statement read.

The man will appear in court on Thursday after police descended on his property near Plettenberg Bay in a helicopter to arrest him and search his premises.

Police had received complaints from minors before carrying out the raid.

FPB CEO Yoliswa Makhasi commended the specialised units and task-team that led the investigation and raid on the property of the man.

According to the Films and Publications Act, a maximum of 10 years is prescribed for offences relating to the creation, possession, distribution, importation and broadcasting of child pornography.

The board hoped he would get the maximum sentence "or more" if guilty.

"It is now the responsibility of the courts to ensure that they are resolute in the prosecution and sentencing of the accused in order to demonstrate the harshness with which the law should deal with perpetrators of child-sexual abuse, and abuse in general," Makhasi said.

She said they would follow the case closely.

As part of their National Campaign Against Child Pornography, communities and victims in other areas and parts of the country were encouraged to report cases or incidents of child pornography, including sexual abuse or exploitation of children on 0800-148-148.

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