Former Parktown boys coach found guilty on 12 assault, 144 sexual abuse charges

JOHANNESBURG - Former Parktown Boys High School water polo coach Collan Rex has been found guilty on 12 assault and 144 sexual assault charges involving 12 boys. 

On Monday, the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court acquitted Rex on some charges, including attempted murder, sexual assault, assault, and exposing a child to pornography charges against him.

"I have considered the submissions by both the state and the defence, he is found not guilty and not charged," Judge Peet Johnson said while handing down his judgment on Monday.

The case was then postponed due to Rex's legal representative falling ill. 

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A report into Rex's sexual assault was released in August. 

Gauteng Department of Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi welcomed the court's guilty verdict. 

 “It was mixed emotions but relieved that we got a guilty verdict," he said. 

"We must indicate this is a huge pain that, we subjected our children through. We wish to thank the entire school population including SGB, learners, educators, and parents for supporting affected learners. We also extend our gratitude to the law enforcement agencies, including the police and the prosecution team for their tireless efforts of securing a fitting conviction” said MEC Lesufi.

(Additional reporting: eNCA)