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Johannesburg - The former water polo assistant coach accused of preying on students from Parktown Boys' High School in Johannesburg, made a brief appearance in the South Gauteng High Court on Friday, where his matter was postponed.

The 22-year-old man, who cannot be named because he has not yet pleaded, faces 160 charges ranging from rape, sexual assault, and attempted murder.

His lawyer requested the postponement, which was agreed to by the State Prosecutor, Arveena Persad and sanctioned by Judge Teffo in chambers.

The accused's R3 000 bail was extended and his matter was postponed to November 22.

Allegations are that the accused was caught on camera touching a student inappropriately. He was allegedly filmed making his way into one of the dormitory rooms at the school's boarding facility. 

The accused resigned from his water polo coaching job when allegations of sexual assault and rape were levelled against him. He was, however, arrested and brought before the court.

As many as 23 boys aged between 14 and 16 have come forward as complainants.