SABC News - Parktown Boys High School rape case postponed:Wednesday 10 May 2017

Parktown Boys High School rape case postponed

Wednesday 10 May 2017 20:28

Pearl Magubane

Thus far, over 20 boys have come forward and case may be transferred to the High Court.

Thus far, over 20 boys have come forward and case may be transferred to the High Court.(SABC)

The rape and sexual assault case involving a former Parktown Boys' High School water polo coach could be transferred to the High Court.

The 22-year-old man made a brief appearance in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Wednesday. He was arrested in November following allegations that he sexually assaulted several boys at the school.

The accused walked into court covering his head with a black hoody while standing in the dock, he slowly slid the hoody back, and his face exposed for the court to see.

As his eyes shied away, there were whispers of just how young he was looking, but despite that, he eventually stood firm with his black pants and black shoes.

The accused was an assistant boarding master, who coached water polo and he's alleged to have made inappropriate advances towards several boys at the school and the incidents were captured on the school's CCTV cameras.

Thus far, more than 20 boys have come forward.  

The accused resigned in November in 2016 after school authorities discovered the alleged sexual assaults, but he couldn't escape the long arm of the law, says Gauteng Education Spokesperson, Steve Mabona.

“Our concern was that how can the learners not come out with such an incident. And we said, we really need to look at the Code of Conduct ... look at how educators and none educators that are employed at the school, how are they operating and just to encourage learners to come out in any eventuality. If there is any assault, whether sexually or otherwise, they need to be free to tell anyone at the school.”

Martin Pelders, from a male sexual abuse support group, Matrix Men, says male rape often goes unreported due to the shame victims feel.

“There is just a lot of shame, because nobody talks about this and it’s not acceptable for boys to be raped and the fact is we need to talk about this more. We need cases like these. For these boys, it’s very sad for them, but it’s going to raise awareness and parents themselves are not teaching boys to protect themselves. They don't talk to boys and boys are as susceptible to rape as girls are, and that's a fact.”

State Prosecutor Colleen Ryan told the court that more evidence needs to be gathered. She says the case may be transferred to the High Court and asked for a postponement.

The case is expected back in the Johannesburg Magistrates Court on the 11 July.

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