Child porn petition goes online

A petition calling for convicted child pornographer and rapist, Rudolph Coetzee, to be kept in prison 'until the day he dies' has gone online. Seen here is a group of women that stood outside the Kimberley High Court on the day of sentencing. Photo: Danie van der Lith

A petition calling for convicted child pornographer and rapist, Rudolph Coetzee, to be kept in prison 'until the day he dies' has gone online. Seen here is a group of women that stood outside the Kimberley High Court on the day of sentencing. Photo: Danie van der Lith

Published Oct 14, 2015

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Kimberly - A petition calling for convicted Kimberley child pornographer and rapist, Rudolph Coetzee, to be kept in prison “until the day he dies” has gone online.

The petition, entitled “24 Years Not Enough for Child Rapist”, was started by the mother of one of Coetzee’s victims, an eight-year-old boy.

Coetzee, a Kimberley photographer, was sentenced to an effective 24 years imprisonment after he was found guilty of five counts of rape, 22 counts of using children in the production of child pornography, 16 counts of sexual assault and two counts of attempted rape.

The crimes involved local boys and girls aged between three and 12 years.

The petition had, by Tuesday, received 243 signatures from people not only from Kimberley and surrounds but also across South Africa and even abroad.

The petition, to be handed to the Departments of Justice and Correctional Services, reads as follows:

As a parent I am struggling to come to terms with the brutal and premeditated sexual abuse of my son. My pressing concern is that the sentence handed down to Coetzee is way too lenient for the hideous crime he committed.

The degree of torture, brutality meted to my son during the time of the abuse that he suffered at the hands of this monster is nothing short of sewage, callous and inhuman. The revelation by my son during the court case makes living another day unbearable for me and my family.

The nature and circumstances of the offence have induced a serious outrage and fear in the whole community as well.

We, the family of an innocent eight-year-old boy, pray that you will consider our plea and assist in keeping this monster behind bars for the rest of his life.

We, the undersigned call on the Minister of Justice and Correctional Service to ensure that this monster Rudolph Coetzee is kept in prison until the day he dies in jail.

This monster pleaded guilty to five charges of rape, twenty-two charges of using children in the production of child pornography, sixteen charges of sexual assault and two charges of attempted rape.

Coetzee penetrated a boy anally with his finger (rape), the boy penetrating Coetzee’s mouth with his (the child’s) penis (rape), penetrating a boy’s mouth with his (Coetzee’s) penis (rape), virginally penetrated a girl (rape), and placed his penis between the buttocks of a boy (rape). Four boys were involved in the sexual assault charges and one boy was involved in the two attempted rape charges.

He showed no remorse what so ever and the reality is that people like him is not rehablitatable and will most definitely come for his accusers once released prematurely.

Our plea is that he must remain behind bars for his whole natural life. We are aware that his mother has filed a request for mitigation of sentence. Our request is therefore also that such a request must not be granted.

We the undersigned citizens of the Northern Cape hereby petition the department of Justice and Correctional Services not to grant Coetzee any reduction on the 24 years sentence and instead plead for revision of the sentence and impose a much harsher sentence of life sentence for every abuse case of seven children affected.

Various comments were also included by signatories of the petition.

“The problem will not improve until the message is sent to offenders that it will not be tolerated,” one signatory said.

“There is no excuse for child abuse, it has to stop. The destruction of young lives and futures must not be tolerated for another year, day, hour or second. If you are intent on ruining an innocent child’s life, then you must be punished appropriately for the evil things you have done. Children have rights in society and it’s every child’s right to live in a safe environment, free from harm,” another stated.

“People like him don’t even deserve the gift of life . . . Make this disgusting pervert molester sit in jail for the rest of his rotten life.”

Those interested in signing the online petition have until Friday to do so.

DFA

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