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Prosecution in Fish Hoek child porn case confident

Clinton Culder was arrested on Tuesday after police raided his Fish Hoek home and seized several devices.

FILE: Clinton Culder was arrested on Tuesday after police raided his Fish Hoek home and seized several devices. Picture:stock.xchng.

CAPE TOWN - The prosecution against an alleged child pornographer from Fish Hoek is confident its case is strong enough to secure a conviction.

The 45-year-old Clinton Culder appeared on charges relating to the distribution and possession of child pornography in the Simonstown Magistrates Court on Thursday.

He is believed to be part of an international distribution syndicate.

In a joint operation between the South African Police Services and the FBI officials spent months staking out a cyber-meeting space for paedophiles.

This has already led to several arrests with five South Africans being prosecuted in connection with an international child porn syndicate.

Culder was arrested on Tuesday after police raided his Fish Hoek home and seized several devices which contained pornographic material.

Three other suspects thought to be part of the same syndicate were arrested in Pretoria this week.

Culder will remain in custody at Pollsmoor prison until a bail hearing next week.

Last month, police said a special investigation team had already identified and charged 41 men across the country.

In South Africa, a total of 75 men, have been implicated in the child pornography syndicate.

Thirty-four of them are expected to be arrested soon while the others have already been charged.

Fifteen other suspects have been arrested in other countries where the same images found in the William Beale's possession have been identified.

Last month, a South African software developer said one in every 1,000 employees watch child porn using their company computer.

The African Risk Mitigation's Lauren Wain said this figure is likely to be higher in companies with a global presence.

However, she said in South Africa tech systems such as the NetClean Whitebox, created to block access to child porn sites, is virtually ineffective as internet providers are prohibited from monitoring traffic due to RICA regulations.

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