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NPA welcomes ‘victorious’ sentence handed to Collan Rex

The 23-year-old former Parktown Boys’ High School assistant water polo coach has been sentenced to 23 years for preying on pupils at the school.

Convicted paedophile Collan Rex leaves the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court on 20 September 2018. Picture: Kayleen Morgan/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says the jail term handed to Collan Rex on Thursday should serve as a deterrent to perpetrators of sexual abuse.

The 23-year-old former Parktown Boys’ High School assistant water polo coach has been sentenced to 23 years for preying on pupils at the school.

He's also been registered as a sexual predator.

Rex pleaded guilty to 144 counts of sexual assault and 12 of common assault.

The NPA's Phindi-Louw Mjonondwane said: “It’s another victory for victims of violent crimes, especially women and children, and it could not have come at a better time than now when we are commemorating 16 Days of Activism against violence perpetrated on women and children. This is a victory for our boys.”

The South African Police Service has also welcomed the 23-year jail sentence handed to Rex.

Police spokesperson Athlenda Mathe says: “We, however, continue to urge our communities to work together with our members on the ground to stop violence against all vulnerable groups. We would also like to remind the public that no one has the right to force you into a sexual activity no matter what your relationship with this person is, it’s about your consent.”

At the same time, rights organisation Women and Men Against Child Abuse says the 23-year jail sentence handed to Rex should set a precedent for similar cases.

Women and Men Against Child Abuse's Rees Mann said: “Some of the judgments of late are actually insulting to the victims. This case is going to be looked at as a precedent from now on. And all judged are going to be looking at this case as a benchmark for all future sexual abuse cases.”