The Mpumalanga principal who was fired for his alleged involvement in an international child pornography syndicate, claimed that a film on a hard drive confiscated by police was an art film ordered through Amazon.com.
Beeld reported that police had confiscated his laptop, iPad and several books containing child pornography.
When asked to prove the Amazon purchase, he could not do so, according to the newspaper.
Sapa reported the principal had been fired following his arrest.
He appeared in the White River Magistrates’ Court yesterday and was fired on the same day.
The accused, who is an award-winning author, has been headmaster at the preparatory school for the past three years.
The school board described him as a man “characterised by exceptional professionalism,” who also enjoyed the respect of his teaching colleagues, parents and pupils alike.
Two teachers and a principal, a lawyer, a dermatologist, and a businessman have appeared in courts throughout the country in connection with the syndicate.
Police spokesperson Lieutenant-General Solomon Makgale said police were investigating whether the six were involved in the distribution and manufacturing of child pornography, and if they were linked to an international syndicate.
At the weekend, police raided several homes in KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Western Cape and Free State.
Among the items seized were 672 DVDs, 22 memory sticks, eight laptops, two tablets, 39 external hard drives, and 25 books containing child pornography.
The Times reported children as young as five were believed to have been groomed to have sex with each other and with adults.
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