A South African Police Service (SAPS) serial and electronic FCS investigation (SECI) has resulted in the arrest of five men in connection with child pornography. Photo: Supplied (SAPS)

PRETORIA – A South African Police Service (SAPS) serial and electronic FCS investigation (SECI) has resulted in the arrest of five men in connection with child pornography, the SAPS said on Sunday.

SECI members, a specialised section within the family violence, child protection, and sexual offences (FCS) unit, arrested five alleged sexual predators in Gauteng during an operation code named “Moonlight” conducted between February 10 and 14, Colonel Brenda Muridili said in a statement.

The operation was conducted by members from the national and Gauteng SECI in collaboration with officers of the United States department of homeland security, who assisted with their expertise in crime scene forensic analysis, the national crime intelligence cyber crime unit, and the Gauteng forensic social work services, she said.  

The team acted on information received from the crime intelligence cyber crime unit and the initial investigation produced viable information to allow members to apply for and receive search warrants. 

The search warrants were executed at various properties, resulting in the arrest of five men, aged between 30 and 62, for possession of explicit child abuse material (images and videos). Several personal computers, hard drives, flash drives, tablets, and cellphones which contained explicit child abuse material were seized during the operation for further investigation and as exhibits, Muridili said.