gavel thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that the court case against a former Bryanston High School sports coach accused of the sexual assault and rape of a former pupil was on Tuesday concluded in the Alexandra Magistrate’s Court with an acquittal.

The former coach pleaded not guilty to 12 counts which included rape, assault and sexual assault. The trial against the coach lasted more than two years with many postponements. The victim, her mother, two teachers and a doctor testified in court. Medical evidence presented in court failed to support the victim’s claims of digital penetration. While the pupil alleged this had happened several times, the doctor who examined her failed to find any evidence of this. However, the Women And Men Against Child Abuse (WMACA) group, which supported the former pupil who opened the case against the coach, on Tuesday said the acquittal did not mean the pupil’s version of events was untrue. Initially, three pupils accused the coach of inappropriate sexual behaviour. This led to the school instituting a disciplinary hearing which led to the dismissal of the coach. Only one pupil pursued a criminal charge against the former coach.  WMACA spokesperson Ngaa Murombedzi said: “We cannot overlook the fact that he was found guilty in the SGB (school governing body) disciplinary and dismissed as a result. We understand he is trying to appeal that decision at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration.”

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