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October 12, 2004

New laws to deal with increase in child pornography

There has been a marked increase in child pornography in SA in the past year, according to police specialists. Senior Superintendent Anneke Pienaar said it was impossible to determine the extent of the problem, according to a report on the IoL site. She was speaking at a meeting to announce amendments to the Film and Publications Act. Pienaar said the Act had proved inadequate in dealing with the increase in incidents of child pornography reported, making the amendments necessary. The amendments increased the minimum sentence on conviction from five to 10 years where Home Affairs Deputy Minister Malusi Gigaba said the amendments, which were awaiting the president's signature, also included the right to arrest a South African suspected of dealing in or with child pornography anywhere in the world. ‘This means if the person is suspected of being involved in child pornography outside of South Africa, we can arrest him. It does away with the long-winded extradition process,’ he said.
Full report on the IoL site


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