n South African Journal of Criminal Justice - Child pornography in South Africa




This article examines child pornography as it is currently prohibited in South Africa. It considers the definition of child pornography and its development through a number of legislative changes. The statutory prohibition of child pornography is complicated by the fact that it is defined and criminalised in both the Films and Publications Act 65 of 1996 and the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act 32 of 2007. From closer scrutiny it is evident that the definitions and crimes differ in each Act. Further complications include clearly incorrect legislation. Some international examples are used to illustrate how these complications could be avoided.


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