The case of a 37-year-old sports coach in Durban has seen additional charges being added. Originally accused of seven counts of rape, the man, appeared in court on Monday.
However, the proceedings were delayed when the prosecutor informed the magistrate of the decision to include more rape charges. Two new counts were added, bringing the total to nine charges of rape.
It is alleged that the sports coach raped teenage boys in the Ntuzuma area between November 2022 and May 2023.
The court adjourned the case until August 21 to allow for further investigation. Outside the courtroom, the families of the victims were present and growing impatient. They were concerned that the delays might result in the accused being granted bail.
The mother of one of the boys expressed her trust in the coach, as she had never believed that her son would be harmed in his presence, much less by him.
According to her allegations, three teenage boys from her home, including her 15-year-old son and his two 12 and 14-year-old cousins were victims of his actions. The boys appeared to be trying to brush off the incidents and avoid discussing them.
The families only became aware of the abuse when the 15-year-old victim spoke out. The mother claimed that the coach had threatened to kill the boys and their families if they revealed what had happened, even showing them a gun after each assault.
Since the accused’s first court appearance on the 15th, the families have not received any assistance from social workers. The children are constantly angry, making it difficult for the parents to communicate with them, one of the parents confirmed.
Another parent expressed concern that the children are frightened the accused will be released and pose a danger to them.
Community leader, Sphamandla Mazibuko, revealed that the community was shocked by the allegations. The 15-year-old victim, who spoke out, had been raped by the coach on his birthday, which had shattered him emotionally.
The community and parents never expected such a violation from the coach, as he had been highly trusted. The coach appeared in court wearing his sports club attire and will remain in custody, as he withdrew his bail application in May.