26 January 2018, Centurion. The Film and Publication Board (FPB) has been made aware of the alleged child pornographic video of Reiger Park School Principal engaging in sex acts with young girls in his office, and this video is circulating online.

Whilst the effect of sexually explicit material is an issue which cannot be separated from moral values and beliefs about the place of child pornography in society. If the reported allegations are true, the FPB strongly condemns the purported sexual abuse of children. We hope the law enforcement agencies will ensure the matter is attended to and these children are not exposed to further abuse through circulation of the video’

The Films and Publications Act, Act No.65 of 1996 as amended which is directs our work, prohibits the creation, possession and distribution of child pornography in any form.  The Act, defines “child pornography” to include any image of any person under the age of 18 depicted as engaging in sexual conduct, participating or assisting any person participating in sexual conduct or showing or describing any body part of such a person in a sexual manner or can be used in such a way that it can amount to sexual exploitation or used for the purposes thereof.  This then means that anyone who is found in possession of this video or has distributed the video in any form can be charged with contravening Films and Publication Act. The minimum sentence if found guilty of the creation, possession and/or distribution of child pornography is 5 years.

“Our online monitors are monitoring social media sites to check whether the video has been shared so they can request for the video to be removed.  Currently the video is shared on peer to peer instant messaging platforms and the FPB has no control over this.  Circulation of such information/images creates a digital footprint that is difficult to erase, and the psychological effect of these images are damaging, especially on children,” says Mr. Sandile Nene, FPB’s acting Chief Executive Officer.

He continues to say, “Through our outreach and awareness visits to schools, we have observed the rise in the number of child pornographic content shared through peer to peer instant messaging platforms. We note with concern the lack of knowledge of educators and parents of these incidents and their possible effects.   We are intensifying our outreach and awareness campaigns to educate parents, educators and learners to be vigilant as sex predators are not strangers but can be individuals known and trusted by our children and communities alike.

We urge members of the public to contact the FPB so that we can ensure such images are removed from any social media platforms. The FPB’s Child Protection Unit also provides the necessary referrals for the child affected to minimize the psychological impacts.

 

You can report child pornography on the following platforms:

www.fpbonline.org.za

0800 148 148 / 012 003 1400 – Online Monitoring Unit

ENDS

 

For more information and media enquiries contact:

Miss Manala Botolo

Acting Manager Communications and Public Education

Email: manala.botolo@fpb.org.za

Mobile:  082 860 6748

Tel:   012 003 1400

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