Rights group shocked by sex abuse sentence

2012-12-05 22:19
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Johannesburg - Correctional supervision was too lenient a punishment for a Johannesburg karate coach who sexually assaulted 11 students, Women and Men Against Child Abuse said on Wednesday.

"We are shocked that the magistrate considers this an appropriate sentence," said spokeswoman Vincentia Dlamini Ngobese.

She said the organisation had expected the State to exercise its obligation to protect children.

Peter Foyn, 69, was sentenced to three years' house arrest by the Alexandra Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

Magistrate Syta Prinsloo said Foyn would also have to do 20 hours of community service a month and undergo rehabilitation at his own expense.

In sentencing him, Prinsloo made reference to the sentence of five life sentences and another 175 years imposed on Johannes Steyn, known as the "Sunday Rapist".

Ngobese said Steyn would still be offending if he had not being caught.

"[He was caught for] crimes he had committed while he was supposed to be doing community service, under correctional supervision, for previous sexual assault convictions," she said.

"The seriousness of Johannes Steyn's crimes escalated over time while he was under State supervision."

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