Minister Mokonyane to destroy illegal DVDs

Close to 106 000 illegal pirated DVD’s and CD’s with the estimated street value of more than R106 million will be destroyed in Cape Town this morning.

Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane, with the Film and Publication Board (FPB), in partnership with the SAPS, City of Cape Town Informal Traders Unit, City of Cape Town Economic Development and Cape Town Metro Police will lead the destruction.

The illegal material to be destructed was seized at various raids conducted in Cape Town and Durban in conjunction with the law enforcement agencies, Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) said in a statement.

Most of the confiscated material was not classified and contained age-inappropriate content which should not be sold on the streets and taxi ranks.

This material poses the risk of exposing children and the vulnerable to disturbing and age-inappropriate content, the department said.

The DVD’s earmarked for destruction are exhibits of concluded court cases, conducted in Cape Town and Durban.

The destruction is conducted purely to prevent the confiscated DVD’s and CD’s from finding their way back to the illegal market, thus exposing children to undesirable and age-inappropriate content, GCIS added.

Source: South African Government News Agency