Bob Hewitt's victims may have colluded about their testimony

The SABC is in possession of documents that shows all three accusers communicated ahead of the rape trial.

FILE: Former South African tennis star Bob Hewitt. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Reports have emerged this morning that the three women who accused Bob Hewitt of rape and sexual assault may have colluded about their testimony before the former tennis champion stood trial.

In March, Hewitt was convicted on two counts of rape and one of sexual assault and sentenced to an effective six years in jail.

This was despite the trial running decades after the offences.

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is today reporting that it's in possession of documents proving that all three of his accusers communicated extensively with each other before the trial.

During the handing down of sentencing, Judge Bert Bam noted the similarities in the victims' events.


In July, another woman who came forward claiming Hewitt abused her more than 30 years ago, said she believed there were many more victims who hadn't yet had the courage to speak out.

Leigh-Ann Taylor said she left it too late to join the victims during the trial, but said she too was abused and she believed there were others.

"I think they either didn't have the means to come forward, I find it quite tough, people don't want to go back there, there could be quite a few, where there is one there may be 100."

Meanwhile, Taylor and Suellen Sheehan, who were victims of Hewitt while he was their tennis coach, are now both playing tennis again.

WATCH: Bob Hewitt's victims back on the courts