Sex abuse trial against Parktown Boys water polo coach postponed

The case against the water polo coach who allegedly sexually assaulted pupils at Parktown Boys High has been postponed to August.

The case continued in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court on Monday where the accused's lawyer withdrew from the case, saying he hadn't been paid.

The suspect will now seek legal aid before his next appearance.

Convener of the Johannesburg Child Advocacy Forum, Luke Lamprecht explains how the children affected will be expected to testify.

Children should testify via an intermediary and what happens in those cases is somebody who sits in a separate room with children and it is seen via CCTV in the courtroom. The intermediary needs to ask the questions in a way that is developmentally appropriate and not traumatising to the child.

Luke Lamprecht, Convener of the Johannesburg Child Advocacy Forum

You might expect that the parents of the child witness would be in the courtroom, but certainly, when the child witnesses testify nobody should be in the courtroom expect somebody who is directly pertinent to the case which would be a parent.

Luke Lamprecht, Convener of the Johannesburg Child Advocacy Forum

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