School sex video ‘just tip of the iceberg’

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IOL news Jules rape 01 INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS A security gaurd stands watch at the main entrance to The Jules High school as learners arrive.

The incident involving three school pupils caught on camera having sex while on school grounds was just “the tip of the iceberg”, says the Film and Publications Board.

Chief executive Yoliswa Makhasi said they had been closely following the Jules High School case where a girl and two boys were filmed while having sex. Their main concern was that child pornography had been created and was then distributed.

The 15-year-old girl and one of the boys, a 14-year- old, were charged with consensual sexual penetration. The second boy, 16, was charged with statutory rape. All three have also been charged under the Sexual Offences and Film and Publication Act.

Makhasi said others who had the video clip or distributed it could also be charged.

“Regardless of their age or role in the incident, the children may be charged with the creation, production, distribution or possession of child pornography as this is illegal,” Makhasi said.

“We wish to send a strong message that anyone found guilty of producing child pornography may face a hefty jail term and/or fine. Those found in possession of or distributing child porn may also face harsh sentences.”

She said the board had picked up a number of cases where sex videos were filmed and distributed at schools. “We believe the issue of Jules is the tip of the iceberg.”

Makhasi said earlier this year officials had visited a number of schools in Cape Town where these videos had been distributed.

She said technology was bringing new challenges to schools and these had to be faced by the Department of Basic Education. The board had recently called on the department to include cyber safety content and awareness in the life skills curriculum.

Makhasi said schools had been invited to bring pupils’ sex videos to the board’s attention so teachers and pupils could be taught about appropriate behaviour.

But she said schools often did not want to bring videos to anyone’s attention because they were concerned about their reputation.

Makhasi said the incident at Jules High had drawn attention to the child pornography “crisis” faced by South Africa and urged internet service providers and cellphone operators to take action to prevent distribution.

She commended Vodacom, MTN and Cell C’s move this week to ban access to controversial chat site Outoilet.

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Shannon, wrote

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05:18pm on 29 November 2010
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@Musikwudd and @Dana. Well said!! At long last, some intelligent comments on this forum!

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Musikwudd, wrote

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12:09pm on 28 November 2010
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IT IS SO CLEAR that behaviour of that kind is to be understood in the light of the repressive religious morality ! Since many decades the science of psychology knows well about the inner climate that breeds such unnatural behaviour. Children do have a sexuality of their own, but ADULTS HAVE NOT TO BE PART OF IT ! And to charge children regardless of theit age and motivation is simply silly........

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Anonymous, wrote

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01:54am on 28 November 2010
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In the 19th century teenage girls got married.Is not time to get able to more traditional values.

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jaycee, wrote

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02:37pm on 27 November 2010
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How about not allowing pupils to carry cellphones at school?

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Dana, wrote

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10:29am on 27 November 2010
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It's so sad that some people are still living in the 19th century (seemingly the Victorian era). Teenagers have sex! Build a bridge and get over it.

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AdeK, wrote

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02:44am on 27 November 2010
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Well done to Chief executive Yoliswa Makhasi and their team. Keep up the good work.

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myspcgrrrl, wrote

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01:24am on 27 November 2010
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