The SA Police Service (SAPS) has given itself a pat on the back for sealing the fate of Parktown Boy’s former water polo coach and sex offender, Collan Rex, who was sentenced to 23 years in jail on Thursday.
Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi also welcomed the sentence handed down.
“We thank the entire school population including learners, educators, parents and all officials for an excellent job of providing a watertight case to ensure that justice prevails,” said Lesufi.
“We also extend our gratitude to the law enforcement agencies, including the police and the prosecution team for their tireless efforts of securing an appropriate judgement.
Police spokesperson Col Athlenda Mathe said the sentencing “could not have come at a better time than this period as the nation is observing 16 Days of Activism of Violence against Women and Children.
“As the SAPS, we applaud our investigators and all stakeholders involved for ensuring a water-tight case which ultimately saw the perpetrator being handed down a lengthy sentence. This case must serve as a deterrence to perpetrators of such crimes against women, children and vulnerable groups,” added Mathe.