Commission proposes tightening laws to protect child pornography victims (South Africa)

Jody Kollapen South African Law Reform Commission (SALRC) chairperson proposed new laws on child pornography that will expand definitions of the crime and tighten existing regulations to protect child victims.

Kollapen’s report deals with the production of pornographic material involving children and the dissemination of that material. In a growing age of the ease of technology, one sees the impact that this could have on broader society but also on the interests and rights of children, Kollapen stated. Our Constitution carries within it the paramount principle that the best interests of the child matter — and matter significantly. It’s an important area for us to consider in the context of our society.  The SALRC also proposed that the database be linked to Interpol’s international child sexual exploitation image database.