These children need help immediately and we have to find out who took the video because it appears an adult was taking it
Violence Against Women and Children. I’ve been phoning and emailing, but they never had the courtesy to respond,” Nicholson said.
Limpopo police spokesperson Colonel Ronel Otto, however, denied that the police were reluctant to investigate the matter.
“The investigation is ongoing and we’ve interviewed people. The Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit is being assisted by a specialised unit to find the source of the video. The children are, however, not known.”
But Nicholson refuted Otto’s statement, saying that the Thohoyandou Victim Empowerment Programme knows where the children live, but police only met with the organisation once and did not come back to them to be shown the home.
“We even have a number for the alleged mother and know the school the girl attends. We keep on saying that if they can take the photo of the children, we can take them to the house and the school. I wonder where they are investigating,” Nicholson said. “We’ve been appealing and phoning them, and they’ve ignored us. The police told us they would only step in after the Thohoyandou Victim Empowerment Programme found the adult grooming these children and had taken the children to our trauma centres.”
Childline in Durban alerted the KwaZulu-Natal police about the matter last year. The organisation’s social worker, Joan van Niekerk, said local police did not manage to trace the maker of the video or identify the children.
“These children need help immediately and we have to find out who took the video because it appears an adult was taking it. We are hoping the police will follow up,” Van Niekerk said.
“We experience this in children deprived of family life. It’s a very difficult situation.”