Jun 22, 2024

Suspect who photoshopped pornographic images using President Cyril Ramaphosa and Police Minister Bheki Cele’s faces, set to appear in court

A 34 year old suspect is expected to appear in court, following his arrest by the Hawks, for photoshopping pornographic images, using the faces of President Cyril Ramaphosa and Police Minister Bheki Cele.

On Sunday, the Hawks released a statement, about an arrest made in the afternoon, by the Gauteng Crimes Against the State (CATS) team together with the Pietermaritzburg-based Serious Organised Crime Investigation team of the Hawks. According to the statement, the suspects shared the graphics with police officers, and with the public, on social media.

“The investigation about pornographic images of unknown individuals with superimposed faces of the president, Cele and his wife ensued in the beginning of May.

“The images were distributed to police officers and members of the public on social media platforms,” said Hawks spokesperson Colonel Philani Nkwalase.

The 34-year-old suspect was traced and arrested in Azalea, Pietermaritzburg. He is expected to make an appearance at the Pretoria Magistrate Court for contravening the Cyber Crime Act 19 of 2020.