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Accused sentenced to eight years for possession of child pornography in De Aar

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Northern Cape


KIMBERLEY - Northern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Koliswa Otola and her management welcomed the eight years sentence handed down to 45-year-old, John Henry Meiring on Wednesday, 14 February 2024 by the De Aar Regional Court and commended D/Lt Col Marli Strydom for her relentless efforts that led to the arrest of the accused on Tuesday, 22 February 2022 and for the conviction and sentencing.

The South African Police Service, Serial and Electronic Crime Investigations (SECI), a specialised unit within Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) in the Northern Cape, discovered that the accused was in possession of pornographic images of children.

The accused's cell phone and hard drives were seized for investigation purposes. During the analysis of these exhibits, 773 pornographic images of children were found on the devices.

Addressing crimes against women, children and vulnerable persons remains a top priority for the South African Police Service in the Province.


Sergeant Molefi Shemane
071 310 9507