Karate coach accused of abuse seeks bail
Johannesburg - A Johannesburg karate coach accused of sexually assaulting nine of his students at his studio will apply for bail in the Randburg Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.
The hearing was postponed on November 18 when the court heard that the students' parents were worried about the coach being granted bail.
Investigating officer Joel Ngobeni earlier testified that the students were attending counselling sessions and would fear for their safety if the instructor was granted bail.
The State said new allegations - including rape - against the coach emphasised why he should be kept in police custody.
However, his lawyer Jacques van Heerden denied that the coach was someone to be afraid of.
"Has he ever attempted to hurt or intimidate the victims ever since the case was opened?" he asked.
"There is no action from him that gives substance to fear... this is not rational fear," he said.
The 68-year-old man is accused of indecently assaulting nine of his students. They claim he fondled their breasts and touched their private parts.
Ngobeni told the court two more women had claimed they were sexually assaulted by the coach.
A 35-year-old woman said she was a teenager in 1988, when the coach lured her to a hotel near Johannesburg and raped her.
She claimed he had promised her a gift and that is why she thought they were going to a hotel.
Ngobeni said the coach had apparently promised her a karate qualification and had promised to make her a "champion".
The second woman claimed the coach fondled her breasts when she was training at his centre in 2004, Ngobeni said.