By Gladness “Nana” Mathebula
Siyakhona covered the ‘No to child pornography and human trafficking’ awareness campaign in Alexandra township at Thusong youth center on the 23 October 2010. Guys from the film and publication board and bikers representing their clubs; Gauteng’s Night Riders, Signature de Bikers and the Hood Ratz Bikers were out to support the campaign.
Child pornography in terms of South African law is any picture or any description of a real or imaginary person who is under the age of 18 years , or is represented as being under the age of 18 years.
A few days ago I saw guys sell pornographic DVD’s to a 10 year old girl. I started having questions popping up in my mind, where does she watch the DVD, with who, when and what was her reaction, after watching the DVD what does she feel like?
I told them that I would call the police. One guy laughed as he told me the very same police came here for the very same porn DVD’s and police take the DVD’s for free. I am a mother in Alexandra Township, I am worried about the future of our children in this country.
The community came out in great numbers to show support. I was so impressed to see young children coming in a huge number to support the event.
At the same event I spoke to Amanda Ndlovu, she is 14 years old. She told me that porn is her food, clothes and she can’t live without it. She saves money from her lunch box money given by her parents. Her parents have no idea of what she does with her pocket money.
The event was a success but my main concern is I didn’t see any of the children’s parents support their children at this child pornography awareness campaign. We cannot do it alone. Parents, the Police and the government have to be involved and help us save our children.