BuzzSouthAfrica learnt from the South African Police Service (SAPS) that a child pornography syndicate in KwaZulu-Natal has been busted.
As informed, a joint operation by SAPS members in Gauteng, KZN Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) Units and the Pretoria based members of the US Homeland Security, led to the arrest of the child pornography syndicate.
The three suspects involved were allegedly involved in child pornography. They have been charged with access, possession and distribution of child pornography, sexual assault and possession of illegal ammunition.
Currently detained at Brighton Beach, Hillcrest and Pinetown Police Stations, they will appear in the Durban Regional Court tomorrow 1st of December 2016.
According to SAPS, the suspects aged between 29 and 47, were arrested in Bluff, Pinetown and Waterfall areas after an intensive investigation by members of the Durban FCS Serial and Electronic Crime Investigation Unit (SECI)
Adding that the suspects were found in possession of pornographic material and illegal ammunition, SAPS stated that “police investigation revealed that the suspects were involved in access, sharing, downloading and distribution of child pornography.
“One of the victims is a 6-year-old child whose images were discovered by the police in the cellphone belonging to the Bluff suspect. (Also,) police investigation revealed that the victim lives in Bluff.”
The success of the joint operation has been attributed to the partnership between SAPS and the US Homeland Security. SAPS added that police investigation is continuing and will determine whether more suspects are involved in this heinous crime.
Meanwhile, the Empangeni Regional Court sentenced a notorious rapist to 13 years imprisonment yesterday.
The notorious rapist identified as Senzo Masuku (23) bagged 10 years imprisonment for rape and three years for attempted rape and assault.
He reportedly raped a 57-year-old woman walking to her homestead near Emplotini and attempted to rape another 58-year-old victim on her way to church.
Major General Bheki Langa, KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner commended the Empangeni SAPS and FCS units for their efforts that led to the arrest of the rapist.
“We will continue to send rapist to jail where they belong,” General Langa promised.