13 October 2016
THE Zimbabwean law clearly states that production, possession and distribution of pornographic material is a crime.
When you take nude pictures or videos you are violating this law because you will be producing pornographic material.
It is important to note that if no one violates that first part of the law, the issue of pornography will easily become a thing of the past.
If no one takes a nude picture or records a pornographic video, then there will be no pornography to possess or distribute.
So if they were to be rated, the person who takes part in the production of pornographic material is more to blame than those that take the material from his phone to distribute it and Soul Jah Love, who was on Tuesday’s front page declaring that he is not sorry his illicit picture leaked to the public, must apologise for producing a picture which had the potential to taint society.
It is common for people that feature in nude pictures or sex tapes to cry victim, but as long as they were aware that they where posing in the nude, they have no one to blame but themselves.
Not so long ago, Acie Lumumba’s sex tape leaked and his response to news of the leak was that he “was detained by the Police and (his) house was illegally searched without a warrant.” He went on to justify and politicize his own manufacture of a sex tape.
Like Soul Jah Love, Lumumba said he “has nothing to be ashamed of or apologize for” as “single young men and single young women naturally have sex. That is what we do. It is God’s way.”
To have a sex tape or any pornographic material in the public and then have the audacity to state that you have nothing to be ashamed of is to show complete disregard for not just the law, but the values and norms of Zimbabwean people.
It is wrong and potentially damaging to one’s reputation for life to produce pornographic material no matter your intentions to keep such material private.
Phones, laptops and other electronic gadgets can be lost or stolen and if they have harmful material, it can leak to the public. When that happens, whoever produced the video has only themselves to blame.
Never pose nude, do not have pornographic material in your cellphones and more importantly, do not distribute such things.
The law and the morals of all Zimbabweans forbid this and it is better to learn from the mistakes that have been made by the few people whose cases have been made public.
The best way to avert tragedy – it is a tragic experience to have one’s nude pictures or video at the mercy of the public – is to NEVER share or produce images or pictures you do not want your mother to see.