The Film and Publications Board (FPB) confiscated an estimated 500 adult DVDs from an exhibitor at the yearly Sexpo at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand on Friday.
FPB compliance manager Nthabiseng May said the exhibitor, House of Condoms, had failed to display the mandatory classification messages on the DVDs, thus violating sections of the Films and Publications Act.
According to the act, DVDs and magazines have to be classified by the board and carry age ratings and notification details warning viewers with regards to age, violence, sex and nudity.
“We have a responsibility to protect the public from excessive use of violence and child pornography. The fact that they are porn films meant that we had to immediately confiscate the DVDs to protect the public in case they were not classified.
“It is the responsibility of the exhibitors to make sure that they comply with the law,” said May.
She said the fact that House of Condoms was registered with the board meant that they were aware of the procedure that needed to be followed before they could display DVDs in public.
House of Condoms had not responded to City Press messages at the time of going to press.
May said the company would be given seven days to produce proof of classification for the DVDs, failing which the board would press criminal charges.
She said this was the only case at the expo in which the board had found any irregularities, but that the board would be monitoring exhibitions throughout the country to enforce compliance.
Sexpo organiser Silas Howarth said they supported the board’s decision “100%”.
However, he said there was no need to expel the exhibitor.
He said they would continue to work with the board to ensure that exhibitors were educated about new laws and regulations.
“This appears to have been caused by a communication breakdown between FPB and the exhibitor because there are always new laws and regulations,” said Howarth.