Reporters pack child-porn court

A large number of journalists were at the first appearance in the Pretoria North Magistrates Court today of eight people arrested on a string of child pornography charges.

Court F was packed to capacity with journalists and some family members who declined to speak about the case. A landlord to some of the people arrested said he had no inkling anything was amiss until the police arrived at his property, north of Pretoria, last Wednesday morning.

He said a man and his wife lived there with two children, one of whom is a 28-year-old mentally challenged man.

The eight face charges of rape, indecent assault, sexual grooming of children and possession, manufacturing and distribution of child pornography.

Those arrested included a grandfather (58), grandmother (57), their two sons from previous relationships, aged 34 and 36, the grandfather’s brother (61) and his wife (42) and their mentally-disabled son. The 26-year-old wife of one of the sons was also arrested.

According to reports six children, from the age of four and older, were allegedly used in sex movies which were then distributed.

Social workers became suspicious after two foster children – who were removed from the families in March and October – started doing badly at school.?

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