Town protests over sex crime

images (1)Marchers and petition call for ban on bail for accused in paedophile cases 

While hundreds of Plettenberg Bay residents took to the streets at the weekend demanding that alleged paedophiles be denied bail, the brother of a man at the centre of the town’s anger said he had distanced himself from the accused.

About 300 residents marched through the streets on Saturday in an attempt to persuade lawmakers to revisit the legal situation regarding bail for alleged paedophiles.

The action was sparked by the successful bail application of a 37-year-old computer engineer who was arrested on January 13 during a joint sting by South African and Belgian police.

The man, who cannot be named until he pleads, is alleged to have links to an international ring distributing images and videos involving the brutal sexual assault of babies – some as young as only a few days old.

-Yolande Stander

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