FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, 08 June 2020
MEC KHOZA WARNS AGAINST THE DISTRIBUTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY ON SOCIAL MEDIA
KwaZulu-Natal Social Development MEC, Mrs Nonhlanhla Khoza denounced the circulation of a child pornography video that has been doing the rounds recently on social media.
The 30-second video which depicts three children engaged in a sexual act has been widely shared in various social media platforms including Facebook and Whatsapp.
MEC Khoza finds it extremely disturbing that some people have the audacity to film such a terrible act and circulate it. She added that it is particularly disturbing that this is happening during the Child Protection Week, a week in which all of us should be reminding ourselves of the need to uphold children's rights.
Speaking after learning about the video, MEC Khoza remarked: “We are really taken aback by this abhorrent incident. The circulation of the video of this nature is bound to seriously affect the lives of the children in the video. It is even more sickening that adults are behind the circulation of the video, as these are people on whom we rely to stem the tide of social ills bedevilling our country.”
MEC Khoza made a clarion call to our communities to stop the circulation of this video as this would ensure that not many children are exposed to it.
She also implored parents to play an active role in their children’s lives by ensuring that they screen the content they can access on the internet and on social media.
“This horrifying video of three children engaged in a sexual activity reminds parents to have access to the gadgets used by the children. Parents should not let children out of their sight to avoid such issues. It is our responsibility to protect and teach our children about what needs to be done in life,” said MEC Khoza.
She further called on communities to report to the police anyone distributing the video. Apart from being immoral and in bad taste, sharing child pornography is prohibited by law and anyone found guilty of such could face jail time.
"The laws prohibit the showing of pornography to children, using children in child pornography, compelling children to witness sexual acts and indecent exposure to children. Anyone found to be a source of the video should face prosecution," said the MEC.
She said everyone should be involved in fighting sexual violence and vicious attacks directed at children. "This video has sent shockwaves to all of us and has raised concerns about the safety of our children. As we wrap up Child Protection Week, such a video should remind us of our responsibility as parents.
"We would like to call upon members of the community to help us identify these children so that we can offer them psycho-social support so that they can enjoy being children again."
The MEC ordered Child Unit in the Department to working closely with the law enforcement agencies to deal with this matter.
ISSUED BY THE KZN DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT MINISTRY
For more information:
060 978 6990