Limpopo cops drag feet on child-sex video
Limpopo police have been accused of being deliberately slow in finding the maker of a horrific video depicting a 12-year-old girl and a three-year-old boy having sex.
The video was filmed at a home in Tshitereke village near Thohoyandou, Limpopo, and went viral in the province and in Durban last year. The video appears to show an adult giving instructions to the children about what to do.
When the video landed in the hands of Fiona Nicholson, the director of the nongovernmental organisation Thohoyandou Victim Empowerment Programme, in August, she immediately sent it to the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit in Polokwane.
Nicholson received it from Martin Pelders, founder of MatrixMen, a nongovernmental organisation that supports sexually abused men.
“Concerned neighbours who knew about my organisation sent this evidence to me as they did not know how else to get someone to pay attention. The mother of the girl is known in the area,” said Pelders.
“The evidence is clear that the children were being sexually abused. A social worker did find the house.”
However, the police have allegedly failed in the past four months to follow up on leads that Nicholson and her staff passed on to them. She said they had also ignored her follow-up calls and emails.
“We know the home and the suspected mother of the child, but we don’t have the authority to go to the home and take the child away.
“It’s very difficult to watch that video, and it propels one to put a stop to this. Our concern is how we failed to get a response from the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit, especially during the 16 Days of Activism for No