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Govt to fight child porn

2009-09-01 19:09

Johannesburg - Several government departments are working together to protect children against pornography, the home affairs department said on Tuesday.

The departments of basic education, social development, justice and constitutional development, police, communications and the National Prosecuting Authority would define the roles each had to play in raising awareness about child pornography and in law enforcement.

"The lack of statistics about child pornography should not lead us to be complacent in protecting children," deputy home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba said in a statement following a meeting on Monday to discuss the matter.

"The increase of access to technology and mobile internet, with all its benefits, also poses risks such as creation and distribution of child pornography.

"We need to be proactive in protecting children against this heinous crime."

At Monday's meeting Gigaba, basic education deputy minister Envy Surty and his social development counterpart Bathabile Dlamini were briefed by the Film and Publication Board on the campaign against child pornography.

"South Africa should explore an outright ban on pornography in the public media as is the practice in countries such as China and India," Gigaba said.

He intended approaching the Law Reform Commission with a request to investigate and advise on the possibility of such a move.