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Principal sacked over child porn

2013-08-21 23:33

Johannesburg - A principal of a high profile private school in Mpumalanga has been fired, after being arrested in connection with an international child pornography syndicate.

The man, who cannot be named until he pleads, appeared in the White River Magistrate's Court on Wednesday and was released on R1 000 bail, a Sapa correspondent reported.

"Today, we have come up with an agreement to terminate his position in the school," the school board announced in a statement on Wednesday.

The board said it regarded the allegation in the most serious light while respecting his constitutionally protected right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The accused, who is an award-winning author, has been headmaster at the preparatory school for the past three years.

The board described him as a man "characterised by exceptional professionalism”, who also enjoyed the respect of his teaching colleagues, parents and pupils alike.

He is suspected of being part of a syndicate, which includes five other people across the country.

A total of six professionals have appeared in courts throughout the country for child pornography.

The six included two teachers and a retired principal, a lawyer, a dermatologist, and a businessman.

Police spokesman Solomon Makgale said the accused were arrested in Lichtenburg, Bloemfontein, White River, Douglasdale, Florida, and Potchefstroom.

"They are all suspected to have been involved in an international child pornography syndicate," said Makgale.

Makgale said police were investigating whether the six were involved in distribution and manufacturing of child pornography, and if they were linked to an international syndicate.

Raids

At the weekend, police raided several homes in KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Western Cape and Free State.

Among the items seized were 672 dvds, 22 memory sticks, eight laptops, two computer tablets, 39 external hard drives, and 25 books containing child porn.

The Times reported the case had links to Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, Western Europe, and Australasia.

It reported that children as young as 5 were believed to have been groomed to have sex with each other and adults.

The images were believed to have been generated overseas, and local police - with the help of their international counterparts - were investigating whether South African children were involved.

Their cases were postponed in court and they would appear separately on different dates in the next two months.

The Film and Publications Board (FPB) commended police for the arrests.

FPB acting CEO Jonas Phoshoko expressed disappointment at the fact that the crimes were committed by those who ought to be protectors.

"Looking at the profile of those arrested, it affirms that these crimes attract even the most trusted within society," he said in a statement.

He hoped those found in transgression of the Film and Publications Act by being in possession, creating or distributing child pornography would be severely punished if found guilty.

Phoshoko urged parents to be vigilant and guard their children against potential abusers, both physically and on the internet.

Comments
  • Roonie Da Silva - 2013-08-22 00:26

    I think it's too late to judge. Let us wait until he pleads guilty...Then we'll have no choice but send him to where he belongs..

      Zane Blignaut - 2013-08-22 20:20

      Yes we do!

  • Roonie Da Silva - 2013-08-22 00:44

    i think it is too early to judge. let us wait until he pleads guilty then after that we send him to where he belongs

  • Jack Phakathi - 2013-08-22 01:13

    Never understand why people go and study so hard,have everything and a good future and then mess it all up.

  • David Thabo - 2013-08-22 01:39

    it was the right to do so.

  • David Thabo - 2013-08-22 01:41

    it was the right to do so.

  • Eunice Mashapa - 2013-08-22 01:51

    How could we trust our educators with our children,when they behave like that. South africa,where are we going?

  • Mandiona Mabhoo - 2013-08-22 03:33

    people we can entrust with our children must be of high morals. people with dubious characters must not join this profession.

  • Thulasizwe Khumalo - 2013-08-22 05:44

    The dog should be put away in the isolated cage.

      Charmaine van Aardt - 2013-08-22 12:18

      He cannot be called a 'dog'. Dogs are beautiful animals, he is a devil in disguise!

  • Gary Doyle - 2013-08-22 06:12

    Anybody involved in these sick crimes must be hit with the full might of the law. It's just a pity that some pathetic narrow minded idiots commenting here would turn it into a finger pointing race issue.

  • Bongani Hezekiel - 2013-08-22 06:22

    Educators are the ones who suppose to protect our children and not to enslave them. But not all of them are like that. Child pornography is a serious offence. Those people who are involved should get havy sentances. There are doors that are open to deal with such issues.

  • Bobby Muller - 2013-08-22 06:23

    I would kill any person with my bear hands if they do that to any of my young children !

  • Albert Fourie - 2013-08-22 07:00

    Simple,hang these bastards and all the other murderers and rapists.Empty jails,no supporters for showerhead.See,simple

  • Dennies Pterrance - 2013-08-22 07:01

    The only people we trust, we are very dissappointed to our leaders because those people must give our children a knowlege.but is not they way we thing shem to him the devil is using you man.the law must do the right thing for you!

  • Lynn Hattingh - 2013-08-22 07:05

    I feel very sorry for the parents who have school going children today. This is a parents biggest fear and when it happens their and their childs world falls apart, and it takes years and years to pick up the pieces. My sympathy to all the parents and children involved.

      Melvin Malakoane - 2013-08-22 07:30

      He should be locked away sies how wil he feel if it was his child

      Lynn Hattingh - 2013-08-22 10:01

      Melvin, somehow I don't think it would worry him very much.

      Therina Meyer - 2013-08-22 11:10

      they never get the pieces back together the same Lynn. We have a sex offenders register. It's time it got used properly. They playing with these creeps

  • Ioannis Condogiannis - 2013-08-22 07:16

    If they are guilty then lock them up with some big boys to play with all day long. Child Molesters and paedophiles are the lowest of the low in prison, so let them feel what it feels like to be powerless and used

  • Julia Maruma - 2013-08-22 07:36

    They not professional ,they just monsters how can a human being do such things to the children they derseve to rot in jail.

  • Hetty Oliver - 2013-08-22 07:39

    @Siyanda, WHY? Do the maths, question you didn't have to ask. They are light Purple!! They need to hand this Principal by his BALLS...... How much background checking did they do on this Principal before he got the job, this is not something you suddenly get into, you are warped for a while already.

  • Arthur Salvado - 2013-08-22 07:48

    What chance have our children, our future got. This is only one of many crimes affecting our children. School pregnancy rate at an unacceptable level, daily rape of children by their peers (vomit) and so it goes on to destruction. It never seems to get better, it just systematically gets worse like crime and rampant fraud. What chance ???

  • Pieter Koekemoer - 2013-08-22 07:49

    All of you should look in the mirror and start there and maybe, just maybe things can change in this country. The lives of countless children have been destroyed and all you jackasses are concerned about are whether the perpetrators are black or white. Really? Is that all you see on a daily basis? The 80/20 rule applies to everyone and all races and we all have criminals that perpetrate the same crimes across the board. Would love to see and hear what you teach YOUR children at home about being productive members of society with attitudes like that!

  • Lindiwe Skosana - 2013-08-22 07:50

    This is beyond disgusting, those poor babies! I can't wait for my child to be able to talk properly so I can warn her about these low scumbags

  • Louise-Roger Higham - 2013-08-22 07:58

    Name and shame them

  • Deon K. Alexander - 2013-08-22 08:36

    No bail would have been passed to these sick dogs...who can we trust these days with our kids.

      Zee Angel - 2013-08-22 11:50

      please dont insult dogs

  • Sara Wilkinson - 2013-08-22 08:59

    I am amazed when we are surprised 'professionals' are involved. This sick practice of child abuse knows no boundaries but you would think these "professionals' would know right from wrong. I hope they are removed from our society(jail) and treated with the contempt they deserve. Hopefully they will no longer be able to prey on the one's we need to protect .The reality is, that for ever 6 perverts caught,60 more are out there! Parents protect your children.

      Lynn O'Shea Comley-White - 2013-08-22 12:52

      I would like to see how they are treated in jail. I have heard that child molesters get what they really deserve from the other prisoners when it gets around that they have hurt children. It would be interesting to know if it is true. Just deserts

  • Judith Ann Thompson - 2013-08-22 09:07

    OMG!!! This has nothing to do with RACE. Innocent children are been abused!!

  • Penelope De Witt Mills - 2013-08-22 10:41

    R1000 bail? For suspected kiddy fiddling? What a !@T%#^% joke! So do what you please and if you get caught, R1000 buck is all you need to get out of prison! PLEASE SA "Justice" system...

  • Sakhele Mawisa - 2013-08-22 10:57

    disgusting highly qualified human beings......MAYIBUYE!!!!!!!!!

  • Marius Coetzer - 2013-08-22 11:17

    Sick!!!!

  • Pieter Du Preez - 2013-08-22 11:34

    Name them

      Fle Luff McGruff - 2013-08-22 12:52

      The principals name is Neil Malherbe.

  • Hanneli Lombard - 2013-08-22 14:07

    Wat n verleentheid vir die regsprofessie en Legal Aid South Africa. Laat hulle soos bokkems in die woestyn verdroog

  • Gailtosh - 2013-08-22 15:09

    THEY NEED TO NAME THESE SODS FOR THE WORLD TO SEE WHAT RUBBISH THEY ARE

  • Dee Connor - 2013-08-22 17:44

    I cannot tolerate people like this, anybody guilty of this disgusting crime should be put up against the wall and get a bullet in their head..finished.

  • Charlie Xhalisile Tafani - 2013-08-22 17:57

    a principal of a high profile private school gets arrested in connection with a international child pornography syndicate n gets a bail of R1000 ,,pistorious shoots his gf he gets a R1 000 000 bail...?.#justice system of SA flops big tym

  • Nkosinathi Ntshalintshali - 2013-08-22 18:13

    everything is possible

  • Lilian Tariro Mhundwa - 2013-08-22 23:56

    ummmm wat is wrong with hm

  • Elisa Phiri - 2013-08-23 00:48

    Aaaaaagh! SICK!!!!!!

  • Elisa Phiri - 2013-08-23 00:49

    Aaaaaagh!!!! SICK!!!

  • Bibi Shakwane - 2013-08-23 06:22

    High profile preparatory school in White River,Mpumalanga?Only one school comes up when I Google.

  • Liza Holder - 2013-08-23 12:42

    One of the reasons I homeschool....

  • Bowie Sheep - 2013-08-24 11:48

    Does anyone know people from KwaZulu-Natal who are involved with this ring and do you have names, and is there a connection with Ireland?

  • Lydia Benkenstein - 2013-08-24 13:54

    Just cannot understand it. These are people from all walks of life. They seem to think that they will get away with it. Shocking.

  • Rakesh Bugwandeen - 2013-09-03 12:06

    Sick Perv .... He is going to get wots coming to him in prison.

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