Former Parktown Boys coach sentencing delayed ahead of his birthday

South Africa: Johannesburg: Collan Rex, the former assistant water polo coach at the prestigious Parktown Boys’ High School, leaves the High Court sitting at Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court, Rex is facing 144 counts of sexual assault against 12 of the 23 boys who are complainants in the sex scandal. Gauteng. 308 20.09.2018 Picture: Itumeleng English/African News Agency (ANA)

Collan Rex, found guilty of 12 counts of assault and 144 of sexual assault, turns 23 on Saturday.

The pre-sentencing proceedings of former Parktown Boys High water polo coach, Collan Rex, were postponed on Thursday due to an outstanding report.

During proceedings at the high court sitting at the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court, state prosecutor Arveena Persad told Judge Peet Johnson that the pre-sentencing report was not ready and would only be available at the earliest on October 31, but this still needed to be confirmed.

Rex, who turns 23 on Saturday, has been found guilty of 12 counts of assault and 144 charges of sexual assault involving boys between the ages of 13 and 16, between 2015 and 2016.

A group of mothers released a statement calling on the minister of education, captains of education, and all men to rise up against the abuse of young boys.

The statement said that the boys were enrolled at the all-boys school in the hope they would be developed into well-rounded gentlemen who would be pillars of society.

“…instead what is becoming increasingly clear through the investigation into Parktown Boys and reported similar incidents in other boys schools that something other than this is taking place,” the mothers said.

“What is actually taking place is nothing short of an abomination.”

The mothers said the boys were broken into submission and groomed by paedophiles which disrupted their normal sexual development.

“In short these institutions are moulding our boys into one of two things, either snakes in suits or broken dysfunctional boys.

“As the mothers, we say not another boy. We call to all the mothers of this nation to join hands and stop this abomination and force change for good into these institutions.”

The matter was postponed to Friday.

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