EFF STATEMENT ON THE GERHARD ACKERMAN VIOLATING HIS BAIL CONDITIONS WITH 740 CHARGES IN RELATION TO LEADING A CHILD SEX RING
Wednesday, 1 February 2023
THE EFF notes with disgust that Gerhard Ackerman, a man with 740 charges in relation to his position as a child sex ring king pin. The charges include rape, attempted murder, child pornography and trafficking, he was released on R6 000 bail on 9 July 2021.
Ackerman was then re-arrested over the weekend for violating his July 2021 bail conditions. Fortunately, soberness reigned today in the Johannesburg High Court that revoked Ackerman's bail and he is remanded in custody under 24-hour suicide watch.
The South African Police Service (SAPS), National Prosecuting Agency (NPA) and Magistrate Court has in essence spat in the faces of the children who are victims of Ackerman who was indicted in December 2007 for exposing his penis to brothers aged 9 and 7. Two-years later, Ackerman is accused of sexual assault once again with the same brothers.
In July 2018, Ackerman was accused of recording himself masturbating in front of a 11-year old boy at a Sunninghill (Gauteng) swimming school. Later in 2018, Ackerman was charged for forcing a 11-year old boy to rub his penis at an upmarket country club in Johannesburg. He was then released on bail of R5 000 when he was arrested in July 2021 with 740 charges. His co-accused, Advocate Paul Kennedy, has since committed suicide.