Lim­popo cops drag feet on child-sex video

CityPress - - News - SIZWE SAMA YENDE sizwe.yende@city­

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

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