Convicted former water polo coach Collan Rex. File picture: Itumeleng English/African News Agency(ANA)

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi on Thursday said he welcomed the 23-year sentence meted out to  sex offender Collan Rex, the former water polo assistant at Parktown Boys High who was convicted of assaulting schoolboys. 

The former coach was sentenced Thursday morning to 20 years imprisonment for sexual assault and a further three years for common assault. 

“We wish to thank the entire school population including learners, educators, parents and all officials for an excellent job of providing a watertight case in ensuring that justice prevailed," said Lesufi.

"We also extend our gratitude to the law enforcement agencies, including the police and the prosecution team for their tireless efforts of securing an appropriate judgment.”  

The Gauteng Department of Education thanked the Teddy Bear Clinic, other psychological workers and all health professionals who worked on what they described as a "complex and emotionally straining case".

The department said the sentence serves as a deterrent to all those who were found guilty of sexually assaulting learners at schools.

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