South African Police Service has announced the arrest of three men accused of sexually abusing three children and a dog in an operation conducted with the aid of the US Department of Homeland Security last week.
“As a result of these operations, three South African children who were used during the commission of the above offences were identified and a dog was saved,” the police said in a statement on Tuesday.
The suspects include a 63-year-old British citizen who was in the country illegally and two South Africans, both aged 43.
“They will be charged with bestiality, child grooming and several counts related to child pornography, including manufacturing and distributing child pornography,” police said.
The police added that the suspects appeared in court on Monday but their cases “were postponed for further investigation and bail applications”.
Police say the operation to “unravel a network of child sexual predators” is still under way.