06 February 2018, Cape Town. The Film and Publication Board (FPB) Cape Town regional office in partnership with the South African Police Services, City of Cape Town Informal Traders Unit,  City of Cape Town (Economic Development)  and Cape Town  Metro Police will on Thursday, 08 February destruct close to 65 000 DVD’s and CD’s with that is estimated at more than R 12 million.  The material to be destructed was seized at various raids conducted by the FPB Cape Town compliance monitoring team in conjunction with the Law Enforcement Agencies officers and it contains over 110 000 film titles.  

The DVD’s earmarked for destruction are from exhibits of concluded court cases from raids  conducted in Cape Town CBD, Bellville, Kuilsriver, Mitchells Plain, Khayelitsha, Wynberg and Athlone. Majority of the confiscated material comes from Cape Town CBD, Bellville and Khayelitsha area and consists of a large percentage of international series and mainstream movies.  

“The destruction process is conducted purely to prevent the confiscated DVD’s and CD’s in finding their way back to the market.  Most of the confiscated material was unclassified and contained pornographic material as well as bestiality which were sold on the streets and taxi ranks and carries the risk of exposing children to harmful material”,  says Mr. Sandile Nene, FPB’s Acting Chief Executive Officer.

He continues to say, “The impact of illegal distribution of DVD’s and CD’s is a scourge that negatively impacts on the industry as well as the economy of the country.  Piracy peddlers steal intellectual property; they steal revenue due to destitute families by depriving them of royalties. People lose their jobs as more DVD shops close due to poor business.”  

The Films and Publications Act 65 of 1996, as amended (Act) prohibits the distribution of unclassified films and games.  The Act further requires the classification decisions to be clearly and conspicuously displayed, the failure of which could render one liable upon prosecution to a period of imprisonment of up to 6 months, a fine or both.

The FPB values partnerships with various stakeholders in the industry including the general public in order to ensure the protection of children against the distribution or viewing of potential harmful, disturbing or inappropriate material.

The FPB is constantly conducting outreach and awareness campaigns with an intention to educate the public on, among other things, the significance of age ratings, a process informed by the classification process.  The FPB has also developed a training manual that is aimed at informing educators, who will in turn impart knowledge to the learners.  By engaging in these efforts the ultimate aim of the FPB is to create a self regulating society that understands the impact of illegal distribution on the society and the country at large

Details of the destruction:

Time: 13:00

Venue: Iron Mountain (Docufile)

1 Rome Road, Brackenfell

Should you wish to attend the destruction, please contact Manala Botolo on 082 860 6748 or email manala.botolo@fpb.org.za  

ENDS

For media enquiries contact:

 Miss Manala Botolo

Acting Manager Communications and Public Education

email: manala.botolo@fpb.org.za

Cell:  082 860 6748

Tel:   012 003 1400 

Notes to the editor

 The objective of the Act of 1996 is to regulate the creation, production, possession and distribution of films, games and certain publications, and more recently certain online content. This is done to provide consumer advice to enable adults to make informed viewing, reading and gaming choices for themselves and children in their care; to protect children from exposure to disturbing and harmful material and from premature exposure to adult experiences, and to make the use of children in, and the exposure of children to pornography, punishable.

Paramount to the mandate of the FPB is the protection of children. Protecting children under the Act is a proportional balancing of the rights afforded in the South African Constitution and Bill of Rights against the right of the child. The protection of children as enshrined in the Constitution and Bill of Rights includes physical, mental, emotional, spiritual or moral harm to be protected from maltreatment, neglect, abuse or degradation. It further ensures that children’s best interest is of paramount importance in every matter concerning a child.

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