East Rand coach gets 21 years for rape

2013-07-02 12:20

Johannesburg - A former high school sports coach from Springs on the East Rand has been sentenced to an effective 21 years in prison for raping two boys and sexually assaulting three others, Beeld reported on Tuesday.

Jacques Strydom, 29, was arrested in 2009 after five pupils at the Huguenot High School lodged complaints against him.

He pleaded guilty to all five charges.

On Monday, just one of Strydom's victims was at the Benoni Regional Court when Magistrate Ian Cox sentenced him.

The boy, who was in Grade 8 when the incident happened, became emotional when Cox pointed out that the victims would have to live with the consequences of Strydom's crime for the rest of their lives.

"You used your career to position yourself close to children, to satisfy your own sexual urges," Cox said.

He said Strydom had targeted vulnerable or problem children, and groomed them for abuse.

  • Helen Weaver - 2013-07-02 12:29


  • Al Loots - 2013-07-02 12:33

    Baba is waiting for you...

  • Michelle Gloster Bester - 2013-07-02 12:35

    I am an ex-pupil and I am disgusted by this man's behavior! This is a good school and one person is spoiling the reputation! And as a teacher by profession, all I can say is that he deserves everything that comes his way, he is disgrace to the profession!

      Chez Kri - 2013-07-02 12:48

      @Michelle. I understand your concerns for your old schools reputation but honestly, I wouldn't worry about it. As a complete outsider to this story, I feel no animosity or disgust or any such thing towards your school - only to the sicko teacher!

      Debbie du Plessis - 2013-07-02 13:34

      The coach is a disgrace to humanity!

  • Helen Shevchuk - 2013-07-02 12:37

    Prisoners will have a new "girl" to paly with! Serves him right! I salute the boys for being brave enough to report sick moron and to stop him from hurting other kids. They have a long road of healing ahead. May Lord help them every step of the way

  • AndrĂ© Potgieter - 2013-07-02 12:38

    Good sentence !!!

  • Benjamini Mtsweni - 2013-07-02 12:45

    all who abuse children should be hardly punished 21yrs is nothing.he should be killed

  • Flynn Govender - 2013-07-02 13:02

    It is a good sentence but our judicial system is not consistent, another person who is charged with the same in the future will get probably 5 years

  • Mahlatse Patience - 2013-07-02 13:09

    He should be hanged and cut off his *balls* semaltinously.

  • Conrad Fra - 2013-07-02 13:45

    Cheers you peace of cow sh!!

  • Lebogang Mahlabe - 2013-07-02 13:58

    justice is being served he's friends at mordabee will teach him alesson

  • Bronwyn Tredger - 2013-07-02 14:10

    As a teacher, you should be PROTECTING and teaching you twat!! Sicko!!Don;t worry mate, the big wheel of Karma turns....

  • Sonnyboy Mathebula - 2013-07-02 14:36

    he will get a Good revenge in jail ,thy will do the same to him

  • Shantelle Jonker - 2013-07-02 14:51

    It is Hugenote High School not Huguenot High School

  • Roulon du Toit - 2013-07-02 15:31

    Say hi to him on Facebook: Jacques Jaki Strydom

  • Mpho Leopeng - 2013-07-02 19:02

    Good, now the robbers and murderers must get a minimum of 75 years.

  • Sphiwe Manzi - 2013-07-03 11:58

    Woman and children are no morara safe around Man nowerday. What is wrong with us Man

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