Karate coach accused of abuse seeks bail

2011-11-29 08:28

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.

Sexual assault

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.

  • Hallo - 2011-11-29 08:53

    We make sacred pact. I promise teach karate to you, you promise learn. I say, you do, no questions.

  • Mzamo - 2011-11-29 09:13

    Why were they quiet for so long (the victims)? Why they continued with his classes (if he was abusing them)? Why is the matter raised now? I think it will be very difficult to prove beyond reasonable doubt (as they say in courts) that he indeed commited such a crime. I am not saying he didn't do it but these are just questions that popd up in my mind as I was going through the story.

      John - 2011-11-29 09:49

      I agree with you but in saying that i also think if this guy is guilty beyond doubt he must stay in jail because if he gets turned on by youngsters he can do it again tommorow

      Jean - 2011-11-29 19:07

      There is NO CONFIRMATION that the abuse of the 9 girls have occured over a long period of time!! All it took was 1 brave little girl to speak up about how uncomfortable she was made to feel for the investigation to take place. Don't confuse the incident of rape with the current accusations. I hope this does clarify some of your questions?? If the crime has been committed....he SHOULD do the time!!!!!

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2011-11-29 09:26

    Who is this dude anyway?

  • methedex - 2011-11-29 09:59

    @Mzamo, you make a very fair point. They could be after publicity or money, yet I doubt a karate instructor makes a lot of money. If he indeed did commit these crimes, he has to be punished severely. If he abused people sexually, then send him to jail for some much needed forced but sex. If he raped, then hang him till his eyes pop out. I have also been doing karate for a long time and this is a disgrace to our creed and the exact opposite of the code we strive to live by.

      Mzamo - 2011-11-29 10:56

      I agree with you that he must be punished (if he did it). The question is: how do you prove that you were sextually assaulted 22 years ago (as one lady says it been going on since 1988 when she was still a teenager)?

      Jean - 2011-11-29 19:26

      As you know....karate does not only teach you how to fight, teaches you HONOUR, TRUST, CONTROL and HUMILITY!! Unfortunately the actions of this idividual has tarnished the sport here in SA and has caused many questions!! If a dojo is well run, they make enough money to live comfortably. I don't believe that ANY of the "young girls" involved would be doing this for money or publicity (their identities are kept anonymous due to their ages).

  • Ann - 2011-11-29 10:15


      Deon - 2011-11-29 10:22

      It seems as if he has not been formally charged yet, the state is still working on it & new claims.

      Francois - 2011-11-29 10:35

      Ann in other cases he would be named as soon as he has appeared in court in terms of rape cases it is common media practice to only name the accuser once he has pleaded in court. - Of course I am not a lawyer and I stand to be corrected. This case is also very sensitive and there is the possibility of the judge instructing that the accused can not be named in order to protect the rights of the minor victims.

      Francois - 2011-11-29 13:11

      I mean the accused not the accusor (sorry)

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