23 March 2017, Centurion. The Film and Publication Board (FPB) is aware of the child pornographic #Sesethu video that has gone viral on social media. The video contains nude and explicit sexual scenes of an alleged minor, reported to be 14 years of age.
The Films and Publications Act 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 the #Sesethu video or has distributed the video in any form can be charged with contravening Films and Publication Act. The minimum sentence when found guilty of the creation, possession and/or distribution of child pornography is 5 years.
What complicates the #SESETHU video is the fact that it appears that she created the video herself, with the intention of sharing it with someone she thought she could trust.
“The FPB has recently witnessed the rise of revenge pornography on social media platforms. 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 Ms Abongile Mashele, FPB’s acting Chief Operations Officer.
She continues to say, “Through our outreach and awareness visits in 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.
In such instances we recommend members of the public to contact the FPB so that we can ensure such images are removed from any social media platforms. We can also provide the necessary referrals for the child affected and minimize the psychological impacts.
You can report child pornography on the following platforms:
0800 148 148 / 012 003 1400 – Online Monitoring Unit
Childline South Africa 0800 55 555
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 are of paramount importance in every matter concerning a child.
For more information contact:
Miss Manala Botolo
Assistant Manager Communications and Public Education
cell: 082 860 6748
tel: 012 003 1400
For more media enquiries contact:
Miss Takalani Muvhali
Acting Manager Communication and Public Education
cell: 071 606 4515
tel: 012 003 1400