Last Update 21:35
Monday, 16 September 2019

Censorship lifts ban on South African 'Child abuse' film

'Of Good Report' was cleared of pornography charges and will be screened on the final day of the Durban International Film Festival

AFP, Sunday 28 Jul 2013
The film 'Of Good Report' has received the nod for viewers aged 16 and above with warnings of sex and strong language (Photo: AFP)
Views: 1582
Views: 1582

A South African censorship appeals tribunal on Saturday lifted a ban on a film that was barred as "child pornography" over a sex scene between a school teacher and a pupil.

The local film "Of Good Report" was cleared after a challenge by the organisers of the Durban International Film Festival where it was meant to be the opening feature last week.

The film will now be screened on Sunday, the final day of the festival.

The movie's plot revolves around a small-town school where a predatory teacher attracted to young girls targets a 16-year-old student, played by a 23-year-old actress.

The country's censorship authority said it was "very disappointed and saddened" by the move to set aside its decision by its appeals tribunal.

"The film 'Of Good Report' falls within the definition of child pornography," the Film and Publication Board said, maintaining that their decision "was and remains correct".

The board had refused to classify the movie.

It has now received the nod for viewers aged 16 and above with warnings of sex, nudity, violence and strong language.

Legally, the creation, production, possession, and distribution of child pornography is a criminal offence.

The decision to bar the film was slammed as a "rigid and simplistic interpretation of the law" by the Freedom of Expression Institute.

Sex between older men and young girls is a major cause of HIV in South Africa, which has the world's largest population living with AIDS -- over five million.

South Africa's age of consent is 16 but the country's publication laws only allow the portrayal of sex from 18 years upwards.

Short link:


Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

© 2010 Ahram Online.