Phathu Luvhengo
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17 Sep 2015
1:17 pm

UJ student arrested for child pornography

Phathu Luvhengo

A University of Johannesburg computer science student was granted R5 000 bail after appearing at the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

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The 20-year-old was arrested at his home in Melville, Johannesburg by a specialised team of investigators from the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit in Gauteng for the alleged possession of child pornography, Northcliff Melville Times reported.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo said the case was postponed to December 4.

“This latest arrest is part of the team’s Cloud 9 Operation, which is busy investigating the South African wing of the paedophile ring which has members all over the world,” Naidoo said.

The accused was identified through the account of another suspect who was arrested in Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape, early this year.

“During the arrest at the suspect’s place of residence in Melville, the police also seized a laptop, a cellphone, seven USBs and one external hard drive. One thousand child porn images were found on his external hard drive.”

The student’s arrest has brought the total number of people arrested by the Cloud 9 investigation team to seven. He is the youngest person to be arrested so far.

Meanwhile, a 22-year-old man is expected to appear again in KwaZulu-Natal’s Scottburgh Magistrate’s Court in November after he was found in possession of child pornography.

He was arrested earlier this month after police searched his house where a laptop containing thousands of images of children and videos was found.

Among the other items seized were a plastic child blow-up doll, five cellphones, two secure digital memory cards, 80 compact discs, two iPads, two desktop computers and two external hard drives.

– Caxton News Service