The Zambian corner of cyberspace is buzzing with discussions about the leaked sex tape made by two ZCAS students, Iris Kaingu and her boyfriend identified as Nathan. ZCAS has expelled the students supposedly for bringing the institution into disrepute and the police have opened an investigation into the matter.
According to The Post, the movie was filmed two months ago and saved on Nathan’s laptop. When Nathan travelled out of town, he left his laptop with friends who stumbled upon the video. The friends started circulating the movie within the school, but at some point the film leaked into the general public and someone posted it online. Controversially, The Post, had included a link to the online video in both its print and online editions.
Most Zambian internet users have seen at least one pornographic movie before, but it has always been the international variety. The reason Zambians are so intrigued by this video is that it seems for the first time, we have two of our very own staring in a porno.
Distribution of pornography is illegal in Zambia, but the laws are silent on creating your own private porn. This presumably means that there is nothing illegal about two consenting adults filming themselves in the act. If there is any illegal activity in this incident, it involves those individuals who distributed the video, presumably without the consent of the owners of the video, Iris and Nathan. Iris and Nathan are only guilty of being irresponsible and negligent in not adequately safeguarding their private movie. Furthermore there is no evidence from the video itself of any use of drugs as has been alleged.
It was probably in the best interest of the two students for them to not continue their studies at ZCAS because of the stigma they would face. However the legality of their expulsion is questionable because they did not voluntarily distribute their sex tape.
With regard to the issue of morality, it is no secret that students at universities and colleges are sexually active. The only difference in this case is that the sex was caught on tape. Countless other sexual encounters take place privately and unrecorded in most institutions of higher learning.