Child porn: Ex-head to appear on Valentine's Day

2013-11-24 21:47

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Mbombela - The case against a former headmaster implicated in an international child pornography racket has been postponed to Valentine's Day next year after the State asked for more time to investigate the matter.

The man, who cannot be named until he has been asked to plead to a charge of possession of child pornography, appeared in the White River Magistrate's Court on Friday.

"Due to the large quantity of the evidentiary material involved... the investigating teams are awaiting the finalisation of various reports," reads a letter from the Director of Public Prosecutions in North Gauteng, which the prosecution team presented to the court.

The letter, signed by Advocate André Wilsenach, stated that the matter is part of a wider police investigation that spans across various provinces.

"In this regard there are three separate cases that are on the roll in the magistrate's courts in Pretoria, White River and Potchefstroom," reads the letter.

The court postponed the matter to 14 February for further police investigation.

The principal was arrested on 18 August together with five others from different provinces in South Africa, among them professionals.

The six are reportedly believed to be part of South Africa’s biggest child pornography racket involving hundreds of people including professionals connected to Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States among others.

The school board made a decision to fire the headmaster following his first court appearance.

He is out on R1 000 bail.
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