Bob Hewitt rape trial could be landmark case
An NGO says Bob Hewitt’s rape trial could be a landmark case for victims who take years to come forward.
JOHANNESBURG - Women and Men Against Child Abuse (WMACA) says the Bob Hewitt rape trial could be a landmark case for victims who take many years to come forward.
Ten witnesses have testified since last week, including three women who claim the former tennis champion abused them while he was their tennis coach in the 1980s and 1990s.
The three alleged victims have described in detail how Hewitt raped and sexually assaulted them.
He says this never happened but has admitted to writing letters to one of women, when she was 12-years-old, saying he realises now that they were inappropriate.
WMACA's Tania Otto, who has been monitoring the trial, says there's been a lot of criticism as to why these women only came forward 30 years later.
"You can't just get over it because the long term effects of child abuse carry on into your elderly years and this could be a landmark case in South Africa."
Closing arguments will be heard on 23 March.