Five mothers in Atlantis in Cape Town are spearheading efforts to track down the person responsible for a list naming minors who were allegedly involved in sexual acts.
The parents have called on the police to investigate the "vulgar" list, which has been widely shared on Facebook and WhatsApp.
The mothers, who cannot be named because their children are minors, have gathered evidence and reported the matter to the police.
The so-called "jintoe list" details the alleged sexual escapades of the minors, reports Sunday Times journalist Nashira Davids.
The list, naming 31 minors from Atlantis, details the sexual acts that the school children were allegedly involved in and has caused havoc in the community.
Davids says one 14-year-old girl named in the list attempted to commit suicide, and social workers have since stepped in to counsel the victims.
“Jintoe” is derogatory, Cape Afrikaans slang used to describe a prostitute or someone regarded as promiscuous.
It's vulgar and details sexual acts that they were allegedly involved in.— Nashira Davids, Journalist at Sunday Times
They name the kids. All of them are underage, except one 19-year-old boy. The kids are devastated and the impact on the community has been enormous.— Nashira Davids, Journalist at Sunday Times
One mother said to me, she doesn't want this to destroy her child's life.— Nashira Davids, Journalist at Sunday Times
Meanwhile, social media lawyer Sarah Hoffman says the "jintoe list" is not uncommon.
Hoffman says such lists have a range of legal, psychological and emotional consequences.
She says that the list amounts to defamation, infringement of privacy, crimen injuria and could even be considered as child pornography.
According to Hoffman, finding the instigators of slut-shaming lists is very challenging in the age of online anonymity.
We are seeing more and more slut-shaming lists. The underlying motivation is the same.— Sarah Hoffman, associate lawyer at The Digital Law Company by Emma Sadleir
The biggest problem we're facing is finding the source of these anonymous posts and accounts.— Sarah Hoffman, associate lawyer at The Digital Law Company by Emma Sadleir
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