SABC News - Sex video warder should be fired:Wednesday 17 August 2011

'Sex video warder should be fired'

Wednesday 17 August 2011 09:20


Department to explain why the warder was not fired.

Department of Correctional Services must explain to Parliament why the warder was not fired.(SABC)

The Chairperson of Parliament's Correctional Services Committee says the prison warder who allegedly had sex with a police woman while on duty at Leratong Hospital on the West Rand, should be dismissed if allegations are true that he recorded the encounter. The sexual act made headlines on Monday. Committee Chairperson Vincent Smith says the Department will be expected to explain why the warder was not fired.

The prison warder admitted that he recorded the cellphone video to safeguard himself, in case the police women wanted to accuse him of rape. This means, he allegedly recorded the sexual act, without the knowledge of the police woman, or even without her consent. Smith described the action of the prison warder as disgusting. He says if the newspaper report is true, then the warder admitted guilt. He added that the committee fails to understand why the department did not dismiss him immediately.

Meanwhile, Police management has condemned a police reservist for having sex with a correctional services official while on duty at the Hospital. "The reservist embarrassed her colleagues and brought the police into disrepute, and her dismissal would serve as a warning to other officers," read a statement from spokesperson Colonel Vishnu Naidoo. 

"Various groups condemned the use of the photos."

Outrage with the photo publication

The front page of Monday's Sowetan newspaper, headlined "Sies!" was accompanied by photos of the act. Naidoo however added that publishing the pictures was insensitive, particularly as children had access to the newspaper.

The Commission for Gender Equality and Media Monitoring Africa on Monday condemned the use of the photos, and questioned the way the Sowetan covered the story. The commission's Javu Baloyi called for a public apology and said the article was shocking and bordered on pornography.

Media Monitoring Africa asked whether the story warranted such prominence and images. "More fundamentally perhaps, what is the actual story, if not to sensationalise and thereby increase sales?"

In a statement, the organisation's William Bird said the story could have potentially devastating consequences for the families of both officers involved. According to the Sowetan both are married.- Additional reporting by Sapa

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